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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 Orlando, Fla.

"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 chemotherapy.

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

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