Alexander & Hornung, a unit of Perdue Premium Meat Co., has voluntarily recalled 234,391 pounds of 17 processed meat products because of possible listeria contamination. According to a USA Today news report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall. The company said in a statement on its website that it has seen no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment, but that it is initiating the voluntary recall out of “an abundance of caution.”
Details of the Recall
So far, no illnesses have been reported. Recalled products include fully-cooked products and private label products made for its retail customers including Alexander & Hornung spiral sliced ham and Niman Ranch Applewood smoked uncured ham. The products involved in this recall have the establishment number “EST. M10125” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The items being recalled range in size and have multiple sell or use-by dates. The FSIS is worried that consumers will have these products in their refrigerators or freezers. Officials are warning that those who have these products should not consume them. They should be discarded or returned to the store where they were purchased. Anyone with questions or concerns may call Alexander & Hornung’s hotline at 1-866-866-3703.
Dangers of Listeriosis
Listeriosis is a food-borne illness caused by consuming food that is tainted with the bacterium. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the infection is most likely to affect pregnant women and babies, the elderly (adults older than 65) and people with weakened immune systems. In pregnant women, listeriosis could lead to miscarriages or stillbirths.
About 1,600 get listeriosis each year in the U.S. and approximately 260 die each year as a result of this infection. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. If the listeria infection spreads to your nervous system, you may also experience symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion or changes in alertness, loss of balance, and convulsions.
Protecting Your Rights
If you have developed a listeria infection as the result of a food product contaminated by the bacteria, make sure you isolate the leftover food so no one else in your household consumes it. Get medical attention, treatment, and care for your illness as soon as possible, and follow the doctor’s orders for treatment and care. Report your illness to your local health care agency, which tends to track trends in food-borne illnesses. Contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who can help you secure compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.