September 5, 2002
California Firm Has Recalled Prosciutto Hams
Fresno, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service
said that Principe
Foods USA, Inc. has recalled
approximately 510 pounds of ready-to-eat prosciutto ham imported from Italy
that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The products subject to recall are approximately 17-pound packages of
"Principe, Boneless San Daniele, PROSCIUTTO DI SAN DANIELE, Product of
Italy." Each package contains a single prosciutto ham and bears a case code,
"5125520170." Each package also bears the packing date code, "06.08.2002."
The prosciutto was produced on May 25, 2001 and sent to one distributor in
"We want the public to be aware of the recall because of the potential for
foodborne illness," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "These
products should not be eaten and returned to the point of purchase."
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. However, listeriosis can cause high fever,
severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause
serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems
? such as infants, pregnant women, the frail or elderly, persons with
chronic disease, those with HIV infection or patients undergoing
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Alberto
Minardi, company director of operations, at (559) 289-8367.