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June 14, 2000

Demes Gourmet Corp. Recalls 1,800 lbs. of Ham

Fullerton, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Demes Gourmet Corp. is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,800 pounds of hams that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The hams subject to recall are "BLACK FOREST BRAND HAM" in approximately 2 1/2 pound packages. The package label bears "EST. 2888" inside the USDA seal of inspection. An additional product weight label has a "PACKED ON" date of "MAY29" through "JUN9."

The hams were distributed to retail stores in California.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers," said FSIS administrator Thomas J. Billy. "If they find the recalled products, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase."

The problem was discovered 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 Randy Martin, president, Demes Gourmet Corp., at (714) 870-6040.

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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