October 9, 2002
Indiana Firm Has Recalled Ham
Muncie, IN (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said
Delaware Foods Inc. has recalled approximately 95 pounds of ready-to-eat ham
that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The products subject to recall are:
5 or 10-lb. packages of "DELA BRAND, WATER ADDED SLICED BONELESS HAM, FULLY
COOKED" bearing the package code "6515;"
5 to 13.5-lb. packages of "DELA BRAND, WATER ADDED, SLICED CHEF HAM, SMOKED
- FULLY COOKED - BONELESS" bearing the package code "6515A;" and,
10-lb. packages of "DELA BRAND, WATER ADDED, SALAD DICED HAM 1/4"X1/4",
FULLY COOKED," bearing the package code "1516."
Each package also bears the establishment code "EST. 2084" inside the USDA
seal of inspection.
The ham was produced on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and distributed to hotels,
restaurants, and institutions in Indiana.
"We want consumers to be aware of the recall because of the potential for
foodborne illness," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "Diners may
also wish to ask if their meals contain the products."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological testing.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause
listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people
rarely contract listeriosis. 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 weak immune systems – infants, the frail or elderly and persons with
chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Kevin Mitchell,
production manager, Delaware Foods Inc., at (765) 284-1406. Media with
questions about the recall may contact Shirley Shaw, owner, Delaware Foods
Inc., at (765) 284-1406.
A sample of store-sliced Turkey Breast obtained by Department Food
Inspectors at FH Superette on September 25, 2002 was analyzed and found to
be positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
As a result, FH Superette is conducting a voluntary recall of store-sliced
Boar's Head Maple Glazed Honey Coated Turkey Breast. The firm has also
agreed to close its deli operation until they and Department officials
determine the source of the problem.
Listeria is a common organism found in nature. It can cause serious
complications for pregnant women, such as stillbirth. Other problems can
manifest in people with compromised immune systems. Listeria can also cause
flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals.
Consumers who have purchased store-sliced Boar's Head Maple Glazed Honey
Coated Turkey Breast from FH Superette, 2023 7th Avenue, New York, NewYork
should not consume this product but rather return it to store or discard it.