Ham Recalled in Southeast for Possible Listeria

The dangerous foodborne pathogen, <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria monocytogenes, has been linked to 18,416 pounds of boneless, fully cooked ham products produced by Carolina Pride Foods, Inc., of Greenwood, South Carolina, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced.

The recall as been designated as a Class I, which means this represents a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

All the ham products were produced on May 13, 2011 and then distributed throughout the southeastern United States to retail outlets or for institutional use. The following products are subject to recall:

• “10-ounce vacuum packages of “CAROLINA PRIDE Smoked Diced Ham” with the sell by date of September 23, 2011 stamped on the package. The packages also bear “EST. 242″ inside the USDA mark of inspection and were sent to retail locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The label on 10-pound cases of this product is stamped “4218.”
• “10-pound cases containing 5, 2-pound vacuum packages of “CAROLINA PRIDE Diced Ham.” The label on cases of this product is stamped “3804” and shipped to locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
• “12-pound cases containing 8-ounce vacuum packages of “HARDEE’s Smoked Diced Ham” with the use through date of November 9, 2011 stamped on the package. The shipping label on cases of this product are stamped “4181” and the cases were shipped to locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The potential Listeria contamination was discovered through third-party microbiological sampling contracted by Carolina Pride Foods. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products; however, it is important to note that it can take some time from ingestion of the product to the manifestation of symptoms.

The FSIS notes that it routinely conducts recall efficacy checks to verify that recalling firms notify customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) are posted on the FSIS Web site at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

Carolina Pride Foods, Inc.’s vice president of Sales, Lee Miles, can be reached at 1.864.229.5611.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1.888.674.6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0:00 a.m. to 4:00, Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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