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Trader Joe's egg and potato salads recalled over listeria fears

Trader Joe's Egg Salad and Trader Joe's Old Fashioned Potato Salad are being recalled because of potential contamination with listeria, according to a notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The recall was initiated by Bakkavor Foods, which had been supplied egg products from Almark Foods, a Georgia processor believed tied to a multistate outbreak of listeria that has killed one person and sickened six others. 

Bakkavor's recall involves 6-ounce cups of Trader Joe's Egg Salad with the UPC Code: 0066 6695 and 20-ounce trays of Trader Joe's Old Fashioned Potato Salad with use-by date codes up through and including December 27, 2019, the company stated.

Products were distributed to Trader Joe's retail stores in Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont and Wisconsin.

Consumers should discard the product or return it to where they purchased it for a refund. Those with questions can contact Bakkavor Foods at (855) 312-7504.

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. 

Almark on Tuesday extended a recall to include all hard-boiled egg products from its facility in Gainesville, where production is now suspended.

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