Egg Salad Recall

State health officials have announced a recall of egg salad made by Ballard’s Farm Sausage Incorporated because of possible contamination.

The salad was sold in 12-ounce containers as Ballard’s Farm Egg Salad at Wal-Mart and other food retailers across North Carolina. The recall includes salads marked with a use-by date of November 7, 2006.

The recall was issued after a sample in Wake County tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious or fatal infections in young children or elderly people.

Health officials say the bacterium also can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Ballard’s is based in Wayne, West Virginia. The egg salad also was sold in Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.