Watch out for pre-made salads that may be affected.

By Tim Nelson
December 31, 2019

hard-boiled egg recall issued by Almark Foods last month has been expanded to a nationwide recall to include dozens more products. These hard-cooked egg products have been sold at popular retailers like Costco, Kroger, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Amazon, and Sam's Club.

Recently recalled products include Cece’s Veggie Co.'s Fresh Veggie Ramen with Chicken Broth, Cheesewich "Ready to Eat BACON N EGGS," and frozen hard-boiled egg products offered in two store salad bars in Grand Rapids, MI.

Any product that features a "Best If Used By Date" before March 2, 2020 or with a code that starts with the prefix "G" should be immediately thrown away. Customers with questions may contact Almark Foods’ Customer Helpline at (877) 546-0454 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm EST.

Here's an updated list of affected products:

7 Select

  • 2 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs with Salt and Pepper

Almark Foods

  • Classic ProBox Mini
  • Smokehouse ProBox Mini
  • Barbecue Probox Mini
  • Classic ProBox
  • Smokehouse ProBox
  • Barbecue ProBox
  • 12 Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • Hard-Cooked Eggs—5# Bag
  • 1-Count Hard Cooked Eggs
  • 2-Count Hard Cooked Eggs
  • Cage-Free Hard-Cooked Eggs—5# Bag
  • Cage-Free 1-Count Hard Cooked Eggs
  • Organic 12-Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • Red Beet 2-Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • Cage-Free 2-Count Hard-Cooked Eggs with Salt and Pepper
  • Cage-Free 2-Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • Cage-Free 6-Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • Cage-Free 12-Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • 2-Count Hard-Cooked Eggs with Salt and Pepper
  • 6-Count Hard-Cooked eggs
  • Three 2-Counts in Clamshell Hard Cooked Eggs
  • Organic 2-Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • 12-Count Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs

Best Choice

  • Three 2 counts in Clamshell Hard Cooked Eggs

CMI

  • 12-count hard-cooked eggs

Dairy Fresh

  • Great Value 6-count stand-up pouch hard-cooked eggs
  • 2-count hard-cooked eggs

Deb-El

  • 12-count hard-cooked eggs

Egglands Best

  • 6-Count Stand-up Pouch Cage-Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • Egglands Best Hard-Cooked Eggs—5# Bag
  • 1-count Egglands Best Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • Egglands Best Cage-Free Hard-Cooked Eggs—5# Bag
  • 2-Count Egglands Best Eggs with Salt and Pepper
  • 12-Count Stand-up Pouch Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • 10-Count Stand-up Pouch Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • 6-Count Stand-up Pouch Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • 2-Count Egglands Best Eggs
  • 6-Count Stand-up Pouch Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs

Everyday Essentials

  • 6-count hard-cooked eggs

Farmers Hen House

  • 6-count stand-up pouch hard-cooked eggs

Food Club

  • 6-count stand-up pouch hard-cooked eggs

Fresh Thyme

  • 6-count hard-cooked eggs
  • 2-count hard-cooked eggs

Giant Eagle

  • 6-count stand-up pouch cage-free hard-cooked eggs

Great Day

  • 2-count hard-cooked eggs
  • 6-count hard-cooked eggs

Great Value

  • 6-count stand-up pouch hard-cooked eggs

Inspired Organics

  • 2-count organic hard-cooked eggs
  • 6-count organic hard-cooked eggs

Kirkland Signature

  • 2-Count organic hard-cooked eggs

Kroger

  • Three Cage-Free 2-Counts in Clamshell Hard Cooked Eggs

LIDL

  • 6-Count stand-up pouch hard-cooked eggs

Lucerne

  • 6-Count stand-up pouch hard-cooked eggs

Members Mark

  • Jack'd protein snack

Naturally Better

  • 6-Count stand-up pouch cage-free hard-cooked eggs

Nellie's

  • 2-count hard-cooked eggs

O Organics

  • 2-count hard-cooked eggs
  • 6-count hard-cooked eggs

Peckish

  • Two 1-Counts boxed Hard Cooked Eggs--With Dip
  • 1-Count Hard-Cooked Eggs

Pete & Gerry's 

  • 6-Count Stand up Pouch Organic Hard Cooked Eggs
  • 2-Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs

Rainbow Farms

  • 12-Count Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • Hard-Cooked Eggs—5# Bag

Rembrandt Foods 

  • Diced Egg —5# Bag
  • 12-Count Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs

ShopRite

  • 6-Count Stand-Up Pouch Cage Free Hard-Cooked Eggs

Simple Truth Organics

  • 6-Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs

Sunshine

  • 2-Count Hard-Cooked Eggs with Salt and Pepper

Vital Farms 

  • Pasture Raised Hard-Cooked Eggs —5# Bag
  • Three Boxed 2-Counts Pasture Raised Hard-Cooked Eggs
  • 2-Count Pasture Raised Hard-Cooked Eggs with salt and Pepper

Wild Harvest 

  • 6-Count Organic Hard-Cooked Eggs

Read our orginal article, published December 20, below.

Bad news for people who love the option of buying prepared hardboiled eggs. This week, the CDC issued a food safety alert, stating that “bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia, are contaminated with Listeria and have made people sick.” The government agency said the offending hard-boiled eggs were “packaged in plastic pails for use by nationwide food service operators.” So far, six consumers ranging from less than a year to 82 years old have been afflicted, with one death reported in Texas.

The good news (if there is any) is that it seems the infected eggs from the Georgia-based Almark location were intended to be sold to “retailers and food service operators” rather end consumers who might purchase in a grocery store and eat by itself at home. The CDC notes that those who contracted listeria likely contracted it from hard boiled eggs found in prepackaged deli salads or from salads prepared at restaurants.

Getting Listeria doesn’t exactly sound like a good time. It can cause “headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches.” Pregnant women should be especialy careful, as Listeria can cause infections that lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth, and babies born with life-threatening infections.

While the CDC has issued an alert, there hasn’t been any sort of official recall… yet. The organization is warning food retailers and service providers to be mindful of who supplies their bulk hard-boiled eggs, given that consumers have no idea of whether or not they’re walking into a Listeria-laden trap.

So you might want to pause any plans to buy prepackaged salad with hard-boiled eggs for the time being. Even more so than normal, it’s really just not worth the trouble.  

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