ALERT: Tainted food and tips about identifying symptoms


Almark Foods recalled products

A Listeria public health alert issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is also a good opportunity to learn about the symptoms of a serious illness.

Due to illnesses caused by Listeria monocytogenes associated with FDA-regulated hard boiled eggs, recalled by Almark Foods, the FSIS is issuing this public health alert out of caution to ensure that consumers are aware that these products should not be consumed. 

The following ready-to-eat FSIS-regulated product has been identified as containing ingredients involved in the Almark Foods recall:

3.6-oz. plastic packages containing “CHEESEWICH Ready to Eat BACON N EGGS” with “USE BY” dates 12/27/19, 1/3/20, 1/23/20, 1/30/20, 2/6/20, 2/14/20, 2/19/20 and 2/28/20 and lot codes 281191, 302191, 309191, 316191, 323191, 331191, 336191, 344191.

The products contain separately packaged bacon and hard-boiled eggs. Packages bear establishment number “P-45031” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

If you have with questions, contact Almark Foods’ Customer Helpline at 877.546.0454 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chicago time. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to hard-boiled egg products produced by Almark Foods. There have been no confirmed reports of illness due to consumption of the FSIS-regulated products produced containing these eggs. 

As described by the FSIS, consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems and pregnant women as well as their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected. 

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. 

In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections can occur in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. 

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food. 

For answers to food safety questions, call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1.888.MPHotline (1.888.674.6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Food safety messages may also provide some immediate answers to questions at Ask USDA or send a question via email.  To report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day.



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