Federal health officials have issued a food-safety alert regarding hard-boiled eggs from a Georgia processor believed to be tied to a multistate outbreak of listeria that has killed one person and sickened six others.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voiced concern that hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods are contaminated with listeria that has sickened people in Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. One person in Texas died and four others were hospitalized as a result of the infection, the CDC reported.
Three of the infections from the outbreak strain of the pathogen occurred in 2017 and four others occurred this year, according to the agency.
"Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that bulk hard-boiled eggs from Almark Foods are a likely source of this outbreak," according to the CDC. "Three of these people reported eating hard-boiled eggs in deli salads purchased from grocery stores and in salads eaten at restaurants."
The CDC's probe is ongoing, with investigators collecting grocery and restaurant receipts from places where those infected reported eating hard-boiled eggs, the agency said.