WASHINGTON, DC (WIS) - Carolina Pride Foods, Inc. in Greenwood, SC is recalling over 18,000 pounds of ham after concerns the products may contain Listeria contamination.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made that announcement Tuesday.
The products were produced on May 13, 2011 and distributed throughout the southeast to retail outlets and institutions.
The following products are subject to recall:
- 10-ounce vacuum packages of "CAROLINA PRIDE Smoked Diced Ham" with the sell by date of Sept. 23, 2011 stamped on the package. The packages also bear "EST. 242" inside the USDA mark of inspection and were sent to retail locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The label on 10-pound cases of this product would be stamped "4218."
- 10-pound cases containing five, 2-pound vacuum packages of "CAROLINA PRIDE Diced Ham." The label on cases of this product would be stamped "3804" and shipped to locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
- 12-pound cases containing 8-ounce vacuum packages of "HARDEE's Smoked Diced Ham" with the use through date of Nov. 9, 2011 stamped on the package. The shipping label on cases of this product would be stamped "4181" and shipped to locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The discovery was made by a third-party microbiological sampling contracted by Carolina Pride Foods.
So far there have been no reported illnesses associated with eating these products.
Consumption of Listeria contaminated foods can cause an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. The disease is rarely contracted by healthy people.
However if contracted symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Miscarriages and stillbirths can also be caused as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.
Anyone concerned about illnesses related to Listeria contamination should contact a health care provider.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company's Executive Vice President, Lee Miles, at (864) 330-1105.