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As an attorney with over a decade of experience, I’ve handled numerous cases involving foodborne illnesses and product recalls. 

One particular incident that has caught my attention is the multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to the recall of Great Value eggs from Walmart. This outbreak resulted in several illnesses, including one fatality, due to eating contaminated food.

In this article, we’ll delve into the details of this recall, explore the legal implications, and discuss how you can seek compensation if you or a loved one has been affected. Join me as we navigate this complex issue and explore your options for legal recourse.

The Great Value Egg Recall: What Happened?

Dec. 30, 2019 – A massive egg recall of hard-boiled egg products linked to a listeria outbreak that has sickened at least 7 people, including 1 person who died, has led to Walmart recalling its Great Value eggs nationwide [1].

According to the FDA report, unsanitary conditions were discovered during multiple inspections, leading to the “proliferation and spread of filth and pathogens throughout the facility that could cause the contamination of egg processing equipment and eggs.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Listeria Outbreak Lawsuits linked to hard-boiled eggs were reported in Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas [2]. The person who died lived in Texas. 

CDC said three of the listeria infections from the outbreak strain in this cluster occurred in 2017, while the other four occurred earlier this year.

The recalled eggs have a “Best If Used By” date that starts with a G, which means the product was manufactured at the Almark Foods Plant in Gainesville, Georgia. Any hard-boiled egg products matching this description should be thrown away or returned to the point of purchase for a refund. 

Click on the link to view a complete list of recalled eggs [3] and instructions on how to determine if your eggs are subject to recall.

CDC is urging anyone who may be at risk or at an increased risk for listeria infection — elderly people, children, cancer patients, and individuals with reduced immune systems — to avoid all hard-boiled egg products.

Symptoms of listeria typically appear 1 to 4 weeks after ingesting contaminated food, and the illness can be treated with antibiotics.

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Health Risks Associated with Eating Recalled Eggs

In the wake of the recall, it’s important to understand the health risks associated with eating recalled eggs. Consuming food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, such as the recalled eggs, can lead to listeriosis, an infection with severe health implications. 

While eating eggs is generally considered safe, symptoms of listeriosis can range from mild flu-like symptoms to serious complications like meningitis or septicemia in high-risk individuals, including newborns, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems.

Another potential contaminant of recalled eggs is Salmonella bacteria, which can cause salmonellosis. Gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps characterize this condition. 

Although most people recover from salmonellosis without treatment, severe cases can require hospitalization, particularly in vulnerable populations.

Both listeriosis and salmonellosis can be fatal, emphasizing the critical need for vigilance and prompt action at the first sign of symptoms.

Listeria Symptoms and Complications

Listeria infection begins subtly, with initial symptoms appearing from a few days to over a month after eating contaminated food.

Victims might experience:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

However, for at-risk groups such as pregnant women, older adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems, the outcomes can be devastating. Newborns could face fatal consequences, and adults could encounter serious health complications.

If the infection advances to the nervous system, individuals might experience headaches, a stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions.

 In severe cases, listeria infection can escalate to a generalized blood infection or meningitis, characterized by an inflammation of the membranes and fluid enveloping the brain. For newborns, symptoms can include a lack of interest in feeding, irritability, fever, vomiting, or difficulty breathing.

Salmonella Food Poisoning

Salmonella food poisoning, also known as salmonellosis, is characterized by symptoms such as severe diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

These symptoms can be quite debilitating for those affected. Contaminated food consumption can lead to symptoms emerging within 72 hours, and these symptoms usually persist for 4-7 days. 

Although it might seem like a temporary discomfort, if not promptly treated, a Salmonella infection can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream, potentially leading to death.

As consumers, knowing these risks and symptoms is vital, but prevention is even better. It is essential to understand how to identify recalled eggs and what to do if you’ve been affected.

Steps to Take if You’ve Been Affected by the Great Value Egg Recall

If you’ve been affected by the Great Value egg recall, it’s important to monitor for any adverse health effects and consider seeking medical attention if symptoms occur. As a consumer, you’re also encouraged to report these issues, which can help alert others to the potential risks.

Keeping any evidence of the product, such as the egg carton with identifying information, is crucial.

Contact official sources or authorities like the USDA or FDA inspectors for further information regarding the recall. But beyond dealing with the immediate fallout, it’s crucial to take steps to prevent future contamination.

Do I Have a Great Value Egg Recall Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark is comprised of seasoned trial lawyers specializing in representing plaintiffs in Great Value Egg Recall Lawsuits. With extensive experience in individual litigation nationwide, we are actively accepting new listeria cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one fell ill after consuming hard-boiled eggs, reaching out to our law firm promptly is crucial. You may be eligible for a settlement by pursuing a lawsuit, and our dedicated team is here to provide the necessary assistance and support throughout the legal process.

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