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Listeria outbreak traced to boiled eggs from Gainesville

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 Gainesville 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.

 See the original story from the Gainesville Times here.