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December 21, 2000

Kentucky Firm Recalls Ham

Clinton, KY (SafetyAlerts) - Harper's Country Ham, Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 10,400 pounds of ham.    The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The ham was produced on December 11 and was distributed to retail establishments, restaurants, and food services in Kentucky and Tennessee and distributed via mail order.

All products being recalled bear the establishment number "EST. 2040" inside the USDA seal of inspection and bear a production date code of "0346" on the label.

Retail and mail order products subject to recall include:

  • "HARPER'S Hamtastic Center Slices Country Ham" in 14 oz. packages
  • "HARPER'S Hamtastic Family Pack Sliced Country Ham" in 24 oz. packages
  • "HARPER'S Hamtastic Sliced Value Pack Country Ham" in 20 oz. packages
  • "WERTZ'S COUNTRY STORE Country Ham Center Slices" in 28 oz. packages
  • "WERTZ'S COUNTRY STORE Country Ham Center Slices" in 14 oz. packages
  • "Loveless Slow Cured Hickory Smoked COUNTRY HAM" in 16 oz. packages

Products for restaurants and food services subject to recall include:

  • "HARPER'S Hamtastic BUFFET COUNTRY HAM" in 10 lb. boxes
  • "HARPER'S Hamtastic NO. 2 CENTERS COUNTRY HAM" in boxes of various weights
  • Boxes of "HARPER'S NO. 1 SLICES COUNTRY HAM" in boxes of various weights
  • "HARPER'S DINNER CUT COUNTRY HAM" in boxes of various weights
  • "HARPER'S BISCUIT SLICES COUNTRY HAM" in boxes of various weights

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "We urge them to check their refrigerators. If they find the recalled products, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase. Purchasers or consumers of ham may also wish to ask restaurants or places where they consume ham if the product or meal contains the recalled ham."

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 chemotherapy.

FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Mike Morgan, Harper's Country Ham sales manager, at (270) 653-2081. Media with questions about the recall may contact Brian Harper, Harper's Country Ham vice president, at (270) 653-2081.

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.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers December 21, 2000.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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