230,000 pounds of ham recalled for listeria risk

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It's time to check your fridge. A recall is being issued for more than 230,000 pounds of fully cooked ham and pepperoni products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall on Sunday. It said 234,391 pounds of pork products processed by Michigan-based Alexander & Hornung, a business unit of Perdue Premium Meat Company, may be contaminated.

The recall includes 17 meat products, including boneless ham, spiral slice ham, ham steak and pepperoni sticks. A full list of products is listed on the website or check out the food labels here. The recalled products were produced on various dates and sold under brand names including Wellshire, Butcher Boy, Garrett Valley Farms, Food Club, Niman Ranch and Open Nature.

The products subject to recall include the establishment number "EST. M10125" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The company said it discovered the problem during product sampling, which reported positive results for Listeria monocytogenes. So far, no confirmed cases of illness have been reported.

"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 an abundance of caution," Alexander & Hornung said in a statement.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea 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 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.

Health officials are concerned that the recalled products may be in consumers' refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions can call the Alexander & Hornung Consumer Hotline at 1-866-866-3703.

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