Almark Foods expands recall & suspends production over listeria concerns
What began as a ‘nationwide alert’ for hard boiled eggs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Almark Foods, has now turned into a recall of not just hard boiled eggs but a large number of products produced at their Gainesville, Georgia facility. The expanded recall comes on the heels of their December 18, 2019 announcement.
The expanded recall is due to sample findings by the FDA. A recent testing found that the outbreak strains tested for the original alert and this recall matched. That means that according to the FDA, “the [outbreak] strain may have remained present in the facility.” The recall affects nearly 80 different products, from brands such as Almark Foods, Egglands Best, Vital Farms, and more.
In response to the FDA’s findings, Almark Foods has issued a recall for all products, packaged for retail, that “remains within shelflife”. The “Best if Used By Date” for these products is through March 2, 2020. Wondering if your product is part of the recall? You can verify by looking for the Best If Used By Date. If the accompanying code starts with the letter “G”, then it was manufactured at the Gainesville, Georgia plant in question. Fortunately, Almark didn’t stop there as they’ve now temporarily suspended all production at the plant.
If you purchased any of the recalled products, you should dispose of them immediately. You can reach Almark Foods’ Customer Helpline at (877) 546-0454 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm EST.
To read the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full release on the matter, click here: https://bit.ly/2Q1gTf8