News and Information
January 22, 1999
Dinner Bell Sliced Ham Recalled For
WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - Bosell Foods, Inc., a Cleveland, Ohio
meat processing firm, is voluntarily recalling about 350 pounds of sliced ham that may be
contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, the U. S. Department of
Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
Subject to recall are l/2 pound
packages of the "Dinner Bell," Virginia Brand Cooked Ham Water Added with a
sell-by code of 2-18-1999. In addition, packages bear "EST 2587" in the U.S.
Department of Agriculture inspection mark.
The product was sliced and packaged
on January 12, 1999, and distributed only in the Cleveland area.
"Because of the potential of
foodborne illness, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it
and to return it to the point of purchase," said Margaret Glavin, associate
administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
FSIS discovered the problem through
its routine monitoring program for Listeria monocytogenes.
At this point, FSIS has no evidence
linking this product to the nationwide listeriosis outbreak, which is still under joint
FSIS and CDC investigation.
Consumption of food contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal
disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. The most common manifestation of
listeriosis is meningitis, which has symptoms of high fever, severe headache, neck
stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among
pregnant women, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened
immune systems--infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, HIV
infection, or taking chemotherapy for cancer.
Anyone concerned about an illness
should contact a physician immediately.
Consumers with questions about the
recall may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The
hotline is staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, although
recorded information is available 24 hours a day.
Consumers may also contact Bosell
Foods, Inc., at (216) 991-7600.