Warn­ings against hard-boiled eggs

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NEW YORK (AP) — Preg­nant women, peo­ple over the age of 65 and peo­ple with weak­ened im­mune sys­tems should throw away store-bought hard-boiled eggs be­cause of a food poi­son­ing out­break linked to a Ge­or­gia com­pany, health of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

They said the same goes for prod­ucts like egg salad that con­tain hard-boiled eggs.

Seven peo­ple in five states have been re­ported ill so far, in­clud­ing some­one who died in Texas, of­fi­cials said.

The U.S. Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion said peeled, hard­boiled eggs sold in bulk by Al­mark Foods are the out­break’s likely source. The eggs were sold to re­tail­ers and food ser­vice op­er­a­tors in plas­tic pails and could be used in prod­ucts like sal­ads. The CDC said re­tail­ers and food ser­vice op­er­a­tors should wash and san­i­tize any sur­faces that may have come in con­tact with the eggs or pack­ag­ing, since lis­te­ria can spread eas­ily.

The warn­ing does not ap­ply to Al­mark’s hard­boiled eggs sold di­rectly to con­sumers. Nor does it ap­ply to eggs hard-boiled at home or in restau­rants and stores.

A per­son who an­swered the phone at Al­mark Foods in Gainesvill­e, Ge­or­gia, said the com­pany did not have any com­ment.

The CDC also said peo­ple at higher risk for lis­te­ria should con­firm whether a store or restau­rant is us­ing Al­mark’s eggs be­fore buy­ing or or­der­ing prod­ucts with hard-boiled eggs. If the store or restau­rant does not know, of­fi­cials say not to buy the prod­uct.

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This 2008 file photo shows boiled eggs in a bowl.

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