February 19, 2002California Establishment Has Recalled Ham
Product For Possible Listeria Contamination
San Diego, CA (SafetyAlerts)
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
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.