Outbreak of listeria prompts recall of fresh veggie ramen noodles and food products containing hard-boiled eggs

Veggie Noodle Co. recalled its Cece’s brand Fresh Veggie Ramen with Chicken Broth on Saturday because the hard-boiled eggs included in its ramen noodle package could be infected with listeria which has already caused an outbreak of the illness in five states. 

The product recall is across the nation regardless of the expiration date because the hard-boiled eggs even though they are packaged separately from the noodles may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially fatal organism.

The infected eggs can be traced to Almark Foods, located at its Gainesville, Georgia facility, which is where Veggie Noodles Co gets its hard-boiled eggs that are included in its ramen noodle products.  Almark issued a recall early in December after it was notified by the Food and Drug Administration that the hard-boiled eggs produced in its facility were contaminated with the Listeria bacteria. Almark recalled all its pillow pack, pouch pack, protein kits and frozen diced products from its Gainesville facility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported last Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, that seven people in five states in Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas, have been infected with the Listeria bacteria. One person has been reported to have died from the infection by the Associated Press.

According to the CDC, the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria causes Listeriosis and is mostly harmful especially for pregnant mothers, young children and anyone with a weakened immune system. Symptoms typically begin to appear about one week to one month after the person has been infected.

Pregnant mothers may experience only fever and flu like symptoms, but the disease is most harmful to the fetus and can cause stillbirth, premature delivery and threaten the life of the baby. Others who are infected may experience symptoms of headache, dizziness, aching muscles or even convulsions.

Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics, but must be administered by medical professionals.

The CDC has issued a warning to consumers to not consume any recalled hard-boiled eggs but to trash them or return them to the store where they were bought. The Center also advises diners to be cautious and to ask restaurant workers whether or not if the eggs in their meals my have come from the Gainesville facility.

The CDC says it will continue to monitor the outbreak and keep the public updated.

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