South Carolina Firm Recalls Ham Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

Carolina Pride Foods, Inc., of Greenwood, S.C. has recalled about 18,416 pounds of boneless, fully cooked ham products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

All the ham products were produced on May 13, 2011 and then distributed throughout the southeastern U.S. 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 Sept. 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 would be stamped “4218.” “10-pound cases containing five, 2-pound vacuum packages of “CAROLINA PRIDE Diced Ham.” The label on cases of this product would be 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 Nov. 9, 2011 stamped on the package. The shipping label on cases of this product would be stamped “4181” and shipped to locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Recommendations For People At Risk For Listeriosis

Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Do not eat refrigerated pâté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that don’t need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Do not eat salads made in the store such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.

Do not eat soft cheeses such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40 °F or lower and the freezer 0 °F or lower. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.
The problem 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.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their 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) will be posted on the FSIS Web site at: www.fsis.usda.gov/

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 health care provider.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact company’s Vice President of Sales, Lee Miles, at (864) 229-5611.

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