- February 8, 2012
- Current Affairs
Alabama is one of over a dozen states affected by a recall of cooked eggs in brine believed to be contaminated with listeria. Michael Foods, based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, issued the recall.
The egg batch was mainly sold in pails weighing 25 pounds, intended for institutional use. The affected brand names are: Columbia Valley Farms; GFS; Glenview Farms; Papetti’s; Silverbrook; and Wholesome Farms. Wegmans’s, a grocery chain based in New York, also recalled cooked eggs.
The Food and Drug Administration has not received any reports of illness due to the contamination.
The full report can be found here.
The form of listeria involved in the contamination could cause serious illness in those with weakened immune systems—the young, the elderly, and other immunocompromised patients. Listeria is a species of rod-shaped bacteria found in processed meats, such as deli meat and hot dogs, as well as milk and cheese. In adults with healthy immune systems, it is not dangerous; however, in people with undeveloped or compromised immune systems, it is potentially lethal if left untreated. Pregnant women infected with listeria could suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth.
Listeria infection, also known by the medical term listeriosis, can be prevented by safe food handling techniques, such as thoroughly cooking food and sanitizing food preparation areas. If you feel you suffered an episode of food poisoning as a result of someone else’s negligence, an experienced attorney may be able to help.