The FDA released a notice on June 8 that a voluntary recall of 114 pounds of egg salad has been put into place. The egg salad product, named Trader Joe's Egg White Salad with Chives is sold at Trader Joe's grocery stores and is individually packaged in 6-ounce containers. The manufacturer of the product, Lansal, Inc., issued the voluntary recall because of the risk that the product could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria Monocytogenes Could Be Fatal to Infected Individuals
Listeria monocytogenes is a micro-organism that is particularly dangerous to the elderly, infirm and young children. These sectors of the population could contract fatal infections if they come in contact with the organism. Listeria monocytogenes infections have also been known to cause stillbirths and miscarriages.
Potentially affected containers of the egg salad product were sent to Trader Joe's locations in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas and Michigan. They were also sent to Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Affected containers are labeled with the UPC number: 00666695. The "Sell By Date" is listed as June 10, 2014. Testing that is routinely performed by the company revealed the risk of contamination. However, no sicknesses have yet been reported in connection with the product.
Egg Salad Manufacturer Asks Public Not to Eat Affected Product
The manufacturer of the egg salad has asked all retail locations to remove the product from shelves immediately. Also, consumers have been asked to throw away any affected containers they have in their possession and not to eat them. Consumers will be entitled to a full refund if they return the product to the retail location where they purchased it.
It is hoped that no consumers will fall victim to any illnesses related to this potentially dangerous product. Those who suffer personal injury or other ill-consequences that require medical care and other costly expenses due to a Listeria infection may wish to investigate the strength of pursuing a personal injury claim for damages in civil court. Those who have been financially and/or physically harmed due to the negligence of a food manufacturer may have the right to seek restitution under the law.
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