Carolina Pride Issues Ham Product Recall

From WSPA:

GREENWOOD, SC — A Greenwood company has recalled 18,416 pounds of boneless, fully cooked ham products due to the possibility that it may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes.

Carolina Pride Food Inc. issued the recall after the problem was discovered through third-party microbiological sampling contracted by the company. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and Carolina Pride Inc. said they have received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of the products, which were produced on May 13 and distributed to retail outlets and other companies throughout the southeastern United States.

The products included in the recall are 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.”

Ten-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.

Twelve-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.

If anyone has any questions about the products, you can call FSIS representatives toll free at 1-888-674-6854 between 10am-4 pm or Carolina Pride Inc. Executive Vice President, Lee Miles at (864) 330-1105.

The FDA has a page full of good information on Listeria Monocytogenes here.

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