GAINESVILLE, Ga. – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports Almark Foods expanded the recall of all hard-boiled eggs including all retail, pillow pack, pouch pack, frozen diced, and protein kit products, due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The FDA first notified Almark Foods On Dec. 18, 2019, that the company’s Hard-Boiled and Peeled eggs in pails manufactured at its Gainesville facility might be associated with a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to several reported illnesses and one reported death. A more recent FDA sample from the facility also matched the outbreak strain, suggesting the possibility that the strain may have remained present in the facility.
Almark Foods voluntarily expanded its original recall to include all product packaged for the retail market manufactured at its Gainesville plant that remains within shelf life, including product with “Best If Used By” dates up through March 2, 2020. Almark also temporarily suspended all production at the Gainesville plant.
The affected product can be identified by viewing the printed “Best If Used By” date coding on the product package. If the “Best If Used By” code starts with the prefix “G”, the product was manufactured at the company’s Gainesville, Georgia facility and is subject to this recall. Products with the prefix “N” or “Y” are not subject to this recall.