Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Food Protection Section discovered egg salad contaminated with Listeria bacteria. The egg salad was sold in the deli at Harvest Market in Bedford between July 18th and 24th. The Harvest Market has removed the product from its shelves, but any consumers who purchased egg salad from the deli between July 18th and 24th and have this salad at home should not eat it and dispose of it. There have been no cases of illness identified related to this situation.
“Listeriosis can be a serious infection especially for pregnant women,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services. “Foods that are contaminated may not look, smell, or taste any different so there is no way to tell. Food Protection is continuing the investigation into this situation to try to determine the source of the bacteria.”
Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions. Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics, so anyone who suspects they may have the illness should contact their healthcare provider.
For questions about listeriosis, contact the NH Division of Public Health Services at 271-4496. For more information about listeriosis, visit www.cdc.gov.