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Recall Issued For Ready-To-Eat Pork Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

Hundreds of pounds of a ready-to-eat pork product are being recalled by the USDA.
Hundreds of pounds of a ready-to-eat pork product are being recalled by the USDA. Photo Credit: File

Hundreds of pounds of a ready-to-eat pork product is being recalled due to a listeria scare.

Fisher Packing Company announced it is recalling approximately 744 pounds of pork products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

The items subject to recall were packaged on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and have the establishment number “74SEIN” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Recalled items include: 

  • Vacuum-sealed packages of various weights containing “FISHER MEATS OLD FASHION SMOKED HAM” with a lot code of 19239 on the label;
  • Vacuum-sealed packages of various weights of “FISHER MEATS SMOKED HAM SHANKS WITH NATURAL JUICES” with a lot code of 19239 on the label;
  • Vacuum-sealed packages of various weights of “FISHER MEATS CANADIAN BACON” with a freeze by date of 11/25/19 and a lot code of 19239 on the label.

The issue was discovered when the company notified FSIS that a sample of products produced tested positive for the presence of listeria. There have been no confirmed reports of any adverse reaction from consumers.

According to health officials, consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

“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.”

Listeria strikes 1,600 U.S. citizens each year, killing around 260, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people suffer only spiking fever, stomachaches, nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.

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