A recent outbreak of a condition known as listeria has sickened five persons. All of them come from across five different states, and blame is being cast at Almark Foods. Reports indicate the affected persons had consumed some fresh-hard boiled eggs from Almark Foods.
The affected businesses
There is a recall of products following the outbreak, and it touches about 30 brands. Some of the affected businesses include St. Joe (NYSE:JOE), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST), Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT), Fresh Thyme, and Kroger (NYSE:KR).
Fresh Thyme, Kroger, Costco, and Walmart were the first ones to recall the “hard-cooked eggs.” Truth Organics and Eggland’s were the others that bowed to the pressure.
Almark has been quick to apologize to the affected persons and their families. It has termed the situation an unfortunate one outlining that it is doing all within its means to find a solution.
In the meantime, it has seen it fit to call out for a recall of its wide-ranging products. It is quite particular on the products that had already been packaged to be moved to the retail market. These products had been manufactured in its plant situated in Gainesville. It says it is not leaving any products out, including the ones with a shelf life.
Analysts state that it was a severe case considering that the products had been sold across the nation. They have emphasized the need for strict measures to ensure that the recall is adhered to right away.
The Food and Drug Administration states that the recall was necessary, considering that many human lives were at stake. It says that its findings showed Listeria monocytogenes as quite severe and would result in fatal infections across all ages. However, frail elderly persons and children were shown to be at increased risk. It also mentioned any person having a weak immune system. The regulator gave a directive for a recall saying that the concerned parties needed to move with speed.
FDA says that the resulting condition may take the form of affected persons experiencing short terms symptoms. These could be in the form of a severe headache, abdominal pain, stiffness, and diarrhea. There are also cases where it could cases a miscarriage.