A Class I recall, determined to be a ‘high health risk’ has been issued by the FDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). It is associated with 89,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products. The agency reported that Johnston County Hams has been forced to recall the meat because of listeria concerns.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause a dangerous infection, listeriosis. The symptoms can include a stiff neck, loss of balance, confusion, convulsions, and various gastrointestinal symptoms. Listeria can be dangerous for any human who comes in contact with it but for those with a compromised immune system or those who are pregnant, very young or very old, it is of particular concern.
Unfortunately, the food products produced by Johnston County Hams have already caused a few serious illnesses and at least one death. The ready to eat deli loaf items that are possibly contaminated were produced over a year and a half between April 3, 2017, and October 2, 2018. The following is the labeling on those products:
Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “JOHNSTON COUNTY HAMS, INC. COUNTRY STYLE FULLY COOKED BONELESS DELI HAM.”
Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully-Cooked Country Ham” with Sell-By dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019.
Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. FULLY COOKED COUNTRY HAM BONELESS Glazed with Brown Sugar.”
Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Premium Fully-Cooked Country Ham LESS SALT Distributed By: Valley Country Hams LLC” with Sell-By dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019.
Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “GOODNIGHT BROTHERS COUNTRY HAM Boneless Fully Cooked.”
The FDA is urging consumers to check for these products in their refrigerators or freezers. They want to ensure that this ham is not in either location. If you find that you have purchased this product, you can throw it away or return it to where you purchased it. If you feel that you have become ill as a result of eating this meat, get help from a medical professional before you report it to the USDA.