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June 14, 2000

Hawaii Firm Recalls Ham For Possible Listeria Contamination

Honolulu, HI (SafetyAlerts) - AALA Meat Market, Inc., a Honolulu, Hawaii, firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 270 pounds of ham that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products subject to recall are "AALA MEAT MARKET INC." brand "SLICED CHOPPED HAM," "SLICED LUNCHEON MEAT," and "LEAN COOKED HAM" in six to 40-pound packages. The package labels bear "EST. 12425" inside the USDA seal of inspection and date codes "6-1-00" to "6-10-00."

The ham was produced from June 1 through June 10 and distributed to hotels, restaurants, and other food service entities in Honolulu.

Consumers may wish to ask at the establishments where they buy meals containing ham if the establishment received any of the recalled product

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said FSIS Administrator Thomas J. Billy."

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 and media with questions about the recall may contact Sandra Moribe, president, AALA Meat Market, Inc., at (808) 832-6650.

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. 

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers June 14, 2000.

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