Alexander & Hornung, a subsidiary of Perdue Premium Meat Company, asks customers to check their kitchens for certain batches of their fully cooked ham and pepperoni products, which may be contaminated with listeria.
« The affected products are being recalled as a precautionary measure due to possible exposure to Listeria monocytogenes, » the company said in a statement. declaration December 5. The company reported the issue to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) after product sampling tested positive for the bacteria. « While there have been no illnesses or complaints associated with the products and there is no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment, the voluntary recall is being initiated out of caution. »
FSIS said it was « concerned that certain products may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers » and urged customers not to eat the products. Instead, if you own any of these products, throw it away or bring it back to where you bought it.
The recall applies to 17 different products totaling more than 234,000 pounds of ham and pepperoni. Some of the products are branded by Alexander & Hornung, but others have their own private labels, like the four-pound wrap of Niman Ranch All Natural Applewood Smoked Uncured Jam with a packaging date of November 8, 2021 and the Open of 6.25 lbs. Seasoned, unsalted, seasoned spiral ham Plain, half-boneless, cooked, with an expiration or expiration date before January 7, 2022. You can find the complete list of recalled products here and photos of their labels are here.
Listeria monocytogenes is found in soil, water, humid environments, animals and decaying vegetation, depending on the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it can survive and even grow when refrigerated. When ingested, the bacteria can cause listeriosis, especially in people at high risk such as those who are pregnant, newborns, people 65 years of age and older and those with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention (CDC).
The symptoms of listeriosis vary widely. Mild cases are rarely diagnosed but can cause fever and diarrhea like other foodborne illnesses, according to the CDC. The disease becomes of great concern when it travels beyond the intestine (at which point it becomes invasive listeriosis). Illness is not always immediate – while some people will show symptoms on the same day, many will not become ill for one to four weeks after consuming the contaminated food, and some have reported illness for up to 70 days after having ingested Listeria monocytogenes.
In pregnant people, invasive listeriosis causes fever, muscle pain, and other flu-like symptoms, but can have serious consequences such as miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or infection in the newborn. -born that can be life threatening. (That’s why doctors recommend that pregnant women avoid cold meats unless they’ve been heated to 165 degrees immediately before eating, but for what it’s worth, these tips are based on the fact that Deli meats were a major source of listeria outbreaks in the early 1990s, the CDC Explain. More recently, many outbreaks of listeria have been linked to foods like celery, sprouts, and cantaloupe.)
People with invasive listeriosis who are not pregnant may have the usual flu symptoms, as well as headaches, a stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and even seizures.
Doctors can do a bacterial culture to diagnose listeriosis, and treatment consists of antibiotics. « People in the high-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months of consuming contaminated food should see a doctor and notify the health care provider of the consumption of contaminated food, » the report says. FSIS.