Update: A recall on hard-boiled eggs produced in Gainesville has been expanded to include eggs sold in retail locations.
Almark Foods has recalled all hard-boiled eggs made at its Gainesville facility on Centennial Drive. The recall, published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, includes products sold under the brands Almark Foods, Eggland’s Best, Rainbow Farms and Vital Farms, among others.
The eggs could be contaminated with listeria. Seven cases have been reported in five states, and one person has died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No cases have been reported in Georgia.
According to the recall notice, products can be identified by checking the “Best If Used By” date on the package. If the “Best If Used By” code starts with the letter “G,” the product was manufactured at the company’s Gainesville facility and could be contaminated. Products starting with the letters “N” or “Y” are not subject to the recall. For protein kit products, consumers should check the code on the egg package within the kit.
The products were distributed nationwide.
Almark has temporarily suspended production at its Gainesville facility.
The company’s eggs were first linked to a listeria outbreak earlier in December, but the first warning only included eggs sold in bulk, not eggs sold directly to consumers.
Bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs produced in Gainesville are the likely cause of a listeria outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Seven listeria cases have been reported in five states, four people have been hospitalized and one person in Texas has died, according to the CDC. No cases have been reported in Georgia.
The eggs were made by Gainesville-based Almark Foods, which has a facility on Centennial Drive off Memorial Park Road.
The CDC issued a food safety alert Wednesday, advising retailers and food service operators not to use eggs produced at Almark’s Gainesville facility, regardless of the eggs’ expiration date.
Almark declined to comment when reached by The Times on Thursday.
The eggs were peeled, hard-boiled and packaged in plastic pails. The warning does not apply to Almark eggs sold directly to consumers or any other brand of hard-boiled eggs.
The products have not been recalled. Any surface that may have come into contact with the eggs or their packaging should be washed and sanitized.
The CDC recommends that consumers check with stores and restaurants before purchasing any items with hard-boiled eggs to make sure the eggs did not come from Almark.
According to the CDC, people on dialysis are 50 times more likely to get a listeria infection, people with cancer and pregnant women are 10 times more likely, and adults 65 and older are four times more likely to get the infection.