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February 19, 2002

California Establishment Has Recalled Ham Product For Possible Listeria Contamination

San Diego, CA (SafetyAlerts) - The United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Tommy’s Quality Meats Inc. has recalled approximately 200 pounds of fully cooked, chopped ham that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The product subject to recall is 10 lb., cryovac-sealed, bags of "TOMMY’S QUALITY MEAT CO. CHOPPED HAM." Each bag is marked with a code of "EST. 4150" inside the USDA seal of inspection. The bags were shipped in 50 lb. cases labeled "TOMMY’S QUALITY MEAT CO. CHOPPED HAM." Each case is marked with a code of "EST. 4150" inside the USDA seal of inspection and stamped with a date code of "FEB 12 2002."

The chopped ham was produced on Feb. 12, and distributed to restaurants in San Diego County, Calif.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Ron Hicks, acting FSIS administrator. "Diners in San Diego County may wish to ask if meals prepared with chopped ham contain the recalled product."

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.

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.

Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Joe Battaglia, president, Tommy’s Quality Meats Inc., at (619) 233-5753.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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