Hard-boiled eggs often top the salads we order in restaurants. Now they are the subject of a large dangerous product recall that includes Georgia. The company says the eggs may have been contaminated during a repair project on a piece of equipment used during the packaging process.
The recall includes more than 1 million eggs that were sent to food distributors and manufacturers in 34 states. Some of the eggs may have been contaminated with listeria, after tests were done by a third party testing lab. Although the company says corrective action has been taken to ensure no more eggs were contaminate, it is unclear what products or companies may have been effective by the eggs already distributed.
The effects of listeria can be devastating, especially to young children and eldery people. It can also have negative health effects on people with weakened immune systems and cause miscarriages and stillbirths for pregnant women.
As in this case, not all products that are recalled are sold to directly to consumers in their local stores, but instead are sold to other companies that then place their brand on it, or are sold to private restaurants or companies, where people don't know the source of their food.
This can leave a consumer powerless in knowing when they might be eating contaminated food, or using a defective product because of a manufacturing error. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the companies manufacturing and distributing food and other goods to make sure consumers are safe.
Source: USA TODAY, "Minn. food company recalls about 1 million eggs in 34 states," Feb. 4, 2012