Almark Foods refers to itself as “the hard-boiled egg specialists,” and
distributes egg products to stores and restaurants all over the country.
Recently, the company recalled all products made in its Georgia facility
due to possible contamination by a bacterium called
What Is Listeria?
Listeria monocytogenes is a species of pathogenic bacteria linked to a serious infection called
listeriosis. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1,600 people are
infected each year. Annually, 260 of these people succumb to the illness,
which is most dangerous for pregnant women, newborns, adults aged 65 or
older, and people with weakened immune systems.
For most people, listeria is a mild illness characterized by headaches,
fatigue, fever, stiffness, muscle aches, and diarrhea, along with other
traditional symptoms of
food poisoning. For pregnant women, infections can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature
delivery, and other life-threatening complications in their newborns.
Adults over the age of 65 and those with compromised immune systems can
develop severe infections of the bloodstream and brain, causing
People get listeriosis when they eat foods contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes. Anyone who has eaten contaminated food products should seek medical care
right away and monitor their health closely for the 2 months following
On Dec. 23, 2019, after a
Listeria outbreak advisory from the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Almark Foods recalled all hard-boiled egg products manufactured at its
Gainesville, Georgia facility. The FDA investigated the outbreak on Dec.
26, providing a
complete list of recalled products and tips for consumers. As a result, other companies recalled products
associated with Almark eggs.
the CDC recommends disposing of recalled hard-boiled egg products and disinfecting the areas
where they were stored. If you purchase hard-boiled eggs from a store
or restaurant, ask where they came from. You should not consume any eggs
from Almark’s Georgia facility, nor should you eat any hard-boiled
eggs from unknown sources. So far, 4 people have been hospitalized with
listeriosis from hard-boiled eggs and one death has been reported in Texas.
When In Doubt, Throw It Out
If you are not sure whether or not you should consume a hard-boiled egg,
egg-salad sandwich, or pre-made protein pack, do not eat it. Instead,
throw it away, wash your hands, and clean anything the food came in contact
with. If you are at a restaurant, do not order hard-boiled eggs or dishes
containing hard-boiled eggs unless you know exactly where the eggs came from.
Until the outbreak is cleared, you are better off preparing hard-boiled
eggs at home.
What If I Get Sick?
If you experience any symptoms of listeriosis, go to the doctor right away. If you believe you have eaten contaminated products, notify your physician, as well.
Listeriosis can be a serious disease.
If you suffer complications, you may be entitled to compensation from Almark
foods, along with the shop or restaurant that sold the recalled product. Listeriosis and other instances of food poisoning are handled under
product liability, a field of law our attorneys are deeply experienced with.
For help after a listeriosis injury, please contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC
at (512) 271-5112, or request a free consultation online.