Listeria Prompts Recall of Ham Products

Possible <"">Listeria contamination has prompted the recall of just over 300 pounds of ham products by Associated Grocers of Maine. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the possible Listeria problem was discovered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency , which notified FSIS that some of the recalled ham products had been exported to the United States.

The following products are subject to recall:

•16-ounce packages of “SUPER TRIM, Shurfine, IMPORTED, COOKED HAM, WATER ADDED, 98% FAT FREE.

Each package bears the establishment number “141” inside the Canadian seal of inspection and a Sell by date of “10JA24.”

The ham products were produced on November 25, 2009, and distributed to retail establishments in Maine and New Hampshire.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

FSIS has received no reports of listeriosis associated with consumption of the recalled ham products.

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