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Canadian Ham Products Recalled in U.S For Listeria

Dec 28, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

Ham products imported to the U.S. from Canada are being recalled today by Associated Grocers of Maine because of possible Listeria contamination.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, 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. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

According to U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the ham recall involves 312 lbs of the following ham products.

  • 16-ounce packages of “SUPER TRIM, Shurfine, IMPORTED, COOKED HAM, WATER ADDED, 98% FAT FREE.

Each package bears the establishment number “141” inside the Canadian seal of inspection and a Sell by date of “10JA24.” The ham products were produced on November 25, 2009, and distributed to retail establishments in Maine and New Hampshire.

FSIS has received no reports of listeriosis associated with consumption of the recalled ham products.

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