April 17, 1998
Smoked Ham Recalled From S.W. Missouri For Listeria
COLUMBIA, MO (SafetyAlerts) - Diggs Packing Company is voluntarily
recalling about 635 pounds of smoked ham that may be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today.
All packages, weighing about 1 pound
each, of "Little Dixie Smoked Ham" distributed to the southwestern Missouri area
are being recalled. "EST. 2985" appears inside the USDA inspection seal on the
product label. No other product is affected by the recall.
"Because of the potential
foodborne illness hazard, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product to
return it to the place of purchase," said Margaret Glavin, acting administrator of
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
USDA discovered the problem through
its routine monitoring program for Listeria monocytogenes.
Consumption of food contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious
disease. In general, 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. However, 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 or HIV infection or taking chemotherapy for cancer.
Consumers with questions about the
recall may 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.
Media and other inquiries to the company should
be directed to Dale Diggs or Dan Reynolds at 573-449-2995
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