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US: Listeria risk prompts sliced spiral ham recall

Illinois firm, Gusto Packing, has recalled approximately 67,113 pounds (30,441.9 kg) of sliced, spiral ham products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to an announcement by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The hams were shipped to wholesalers for further distribution in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, while some were exported to Canada. The following products are subject to recall:

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  • 45.5-lb. cases, with six individual sized hams each labelled "Centrella Signature, Hardwood Hickory Smoked, Spiral Sliced Ham with Natural Juices" with the case code "71292603304," packaged on Nov. 29, 2013, having a Use or Freeze by date of "02/06/14."
  • 45.8-lb. cases, with six individual sized hams each labelled "AMISH VALLEY, Fully Cooked, Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham" with the case code "71292645104," packaged on Nov. 29, 2013, having a Use or Freeze by date of "02/06/14."
  • 45.8-lb. cases, with six individual sized hams each labelled "AMISH VALLEY, Fully Cooked, Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham" with the case code "71292645104," packaged on Nov. 30, 2013, having a Use or Freeze by date of "02/06/14."
  • 31.6-lb. cases, with four individual sized hams each labelled "Ripple Creek Farms, Fully Cooked, Ready To Eat, Hickory Smoked, Spiral Sliced Ham" with the case code "71292603312," packaged on Nov. 30, 2013, having a Best Before date of "2014 FE 13."

Packaging labels bear the establishment number "EST. 2516" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The problem was discovered when Gusto Packing's internal sampling programme found some of its products tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Those products were frozen and held for reconditioning. Later, Gusto Packing found that some of those ham products inadvertently shipped into commerce. The company then informed FSIS.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.  Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhoea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections can occur in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems.

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the Gusto Packing customer service hotline toll free at 877-984-8786. Media with questions regarding the recall can contact the company's public relations office at 919-255-7944.

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