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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

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