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Egg Recall: Listeria May Be on Hard-Boiled Eggs in 34 States

By Admin on February 09, 2012 5:02 AM

A million hard boiled eggs have been recalled over Listeria fears. The egg recall comes after tests showed that some eggs, produced by Minnesota company Michael Foods, could be contaminated.

The eggs were distributed to around 34 states. The eggs were sold in brine. They were mostly for institutional use and were purchased by food distributors and manufacturers. The products were not directly sold to retailers.

The company has traced the problem back to a packaging room, according to the AP.

So far no illnesses have been reported. But the eggs could be in a number of your favorite products. After all, hard boiled eggs are used in numerous recipes.

The eggs in question were sold under six different brand names. The names include Columbia Valley Farms and Wholesome Farms. The eggs can last up to 45 days if the package is unopened.

This could be a problem. Listeria grows well in cold temperatures. Recipes calling for hard boiled eggs, such as egg salads, are often refrigerated. This means the problem could easily become worse, said Michael Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia, to NPR.

Individuals sickened with listeria can end up suffering a variety of different symptoms. These can include fever and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Pregnant women and the elderly are more likely to come down with the disease.

The hard boiled egg recall extends to packages that have lot codes starting with a "1" and ending with a "W." The company can be reached at 877-367-3447 by those who have questions about the egg recall.

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