The risk of listeria food poisoning has led to a recall of hard-cooked egg products sold at Wegmans stores in the northeastern United States.
The Wegmans egg recall was announced by the retailer on February 2, after lab testing by the manufacturer, Michael Foods, found traces of Listeria monoctyogenes. There have been no reports of illness connected with the recalled eggs.
The hard-cooked eggs were sold by Wegmans Food Markets in packs, as part of deli trays, and included as ingredients in a variety of salads. They were produced by Michael Foods at its Wakefield, Nebraska facility.
The recall affects eggs and egg-containing products sold between January 23 and February 1, 2012 at stores in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Canandaigua, Newark, Geneva, Corning, Elmira, Geneseo, and Hornell.
In addition to Hard-Cooked Eggs sold by the pound from the Fresh Foods Bar, the recall also includes the following products:
- Eggs (special-order deli tray or 6-pack, 12 pack)
- Cobb Salad (10 oz, 43 oz, and 6.5 lb)
- Garden Salad (10 oz, 20 oz, 2 lb, and 5 lb)
- Baby Spinach Salad (9 oz, 1.8 lb, and 3.9 lb)
- Chef Salad (9 oz. and 18 oz.)
- Egg Salad (sold by the pound in prepared foods)
- Egg Salad Sub (Sub Shop)
- Kosher Macaroni Salad (sold by the pound in kosher deli)
- Kosher Pickled Eggs (sold by the pound in kosher deli)
Wegmans officials say it is likely that the eggs have already been consumed given the short shelf life, but urges any consumers who may still have the recalled products in their home to discard them and go to a Wegmans service desk for a full refund. The company says it has already alerted all customers who purchased the affected products using their Shoppers Club card.
Listeria illnesses pose a particular risk for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. For pregnant women, illness from Listeria bacteria can cause miscarriages and still births.
Blood tests are usually required to diagnose listeriosis, which can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of listeriosis include muscle aches, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, severe headaches and fever. If the bacteria spreads from the intestines to the bloodstream and nervous system, it could cause meningitis and other complications.
Consumers with questions can call Wegmans consumer affairs at (800) 934-6267 or Michael Foods at (877) 367-3447.