Johnson County Hams Recalls Meat For Possible Listeria Contamination

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( National Pork Board )

Ready-to-eat ham products that may be adulterated with listeria monocytogenes have been recalled by Johnston County Hams, in Smithfield, N.C. The recall impacts 89,096 pounds of product, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) .

The ready-to-eat deli-loaf ham items were produced from April 3, 2017 to Oct. 2, 2018. The following products subject to recall are:
•    Varying weights of 7 to 8 lbs. plastic-wrapped “JOHNSTON COUNTY HAMS, INC. COUNTRY STYLE FULLY COOKED BONELESS DELI HAM.”
•    Varying weights of 7 to 8 lbs. plastic-wrapped “Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham” with Sell-By dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019.
•    Varying weights of 7 to 8 lbs. plastic-wrapped “Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. FULLY COOKED COUNTRY HAM BONELESS Glazed with Brown Sugar.”
•    Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham LESS SALT Distributed By: Valley Country Hams LLC” with Sell-By dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019.
•    Varying weights of 7 to 8 lbs. plastic-wrapped “GOODNIGHT BROTHERS COUNTRY HAM Boneless Fully Cooked.”

These items were shipped to distributors in Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Virginia, and bear establishment number “EST. M2646” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

FSIS was notified on Sept. 27 that a person ill with listeriosis reported consuming a ham product produced at Johnston County Hams. Together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health and agriculture partners, FSIS determined that there is a link between the listeria monocytogenes illnesses and ham products produced at Johnston County Hams. The epidemiologic investigation identified a total of four listeriosis confirmed illnesses, including one death, between July 8, 2017 and Aug. 11, 2018.

FSIS collected two deli ham product samples from the Johnston County Hams facility in 2016 and in early 2018. Whole genome sequencing results showed that listeria monocytogenes identified in deli ham both years was closely related genetically to listeria monocytogenes from ill people.

FSIS is working with federal and state public health partners to determine if there are additional illnesses linked to these products. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Rufus Brown, Johnston County Hams plant manager, at (919) 934-8054.