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On October 18th the Food and Drug Administration posted a recall for prepared egg salad sold by Ballard’s Farm Sausage, Inc. of Wayne, WV because of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled egg salads were distributed in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, Delaware, Illinois and Florida.

The products being recalled are sold in a clear plastic cup with the description cleared displayed on the side of the cup. All of the egg salad items being recalled, the Ballard’s 12 oz. egg salad, Food City 12 oz. egg salad and the Valu Time 11 oz. egg salad, will have on the side of the cup a “Best if used by 11/7/06” description.

Listeria is a very serious concern and in particular for pregnant women and persons with weakened immune systems, young children, the elderly and those who are battling other infectious processes such as aids, or fighting cancer, diabetes or kidney disease .

A person with listeriosis has fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur.

Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness; however, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarraige or stillbirth, premature delivery, or infection of the newborn.

My clients who have experienced this illness from ingesting improperly prepared food have suffered serious consequences including intestinal surgery. If you believe you have been exposed, secure and save any remaining egg salad and its container, and more importantly get to your doctor immediately to report your exposure and to relate any symptoms you may be experiencing.

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