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August 6, 2001

North Carolina Firm Recalls Country Hams

Siler City, NC (SafetyAlerts) - Brookwood Farms, Inc., a Siler City, North Carolina firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 31,000 pounds of country ham that may be misbranded, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has  announced.

The product being recalled at retail and institutions is:

  • Whole hams in burlap bags labeled “BROOKWOOD FARMS PEPPER COATED COUNTRY HAM”

The products being recalled from restaurants and institutions are:

  • Whole hams in burlap bags labeled “THE OLD DOMINION BRAND OLE FASHION SUGAR CURED COUNTRY HAM” in boxes, with five whole hams per case, labeled “WHOLESOME FOOD, INC. COUNTRY HAM”

  • Boxes, with five whole hams per case, labeled “BROOKWOOD FARMS COUNTRY HAM”

  • Whole hams labeled “THE OLD DOMINION BRAND SUGAR CURED COUNTRY HAM ‘Ole Fashion Sugar Cured” in boxes, with five whole hams per case, labeled “WHOLESOME FOOD, INC. COUNTRY HAM.”

  • Boxes, with five whole hams per case, labeled “CALHOUN’S OLD FASHION COUNTRY HAM”

  • Boxes, with five whole hams per case, labeled “GAYLE’S MARKET OLD FASHION COUNTRY HAM”

All packages bear “EST. 1740” inside the USDA seal of inspection. Products do not bear a date code. The product was packaged between July 17-26, and was distributed to retail stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia and restaurants and institutions in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The product does not meet FSIS’ standard of identity for country ham and is therefore misbranded. The problem was discovered when an FSIS inspector at the plant determined that the product did not meet the time and temperature drying requirements to ensure trichinae destruction. Trichinae are a human parasite.

Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Jerry B. Wood, III, Brookwood Farms, Inc., at (919) 663-3612.

Consumers with other 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 August 6, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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