PhotoJohnston County Hams of Smithfield, N.C., is recalling approximately 89,096 pounds of ready-to-eat hams.

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

An investigation by the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service determined that four people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes in North Carolina and Virginia were linked to ready-to-eat deli ham produced by Johnston County Hams. All ill people were hospitalized. One death has been reported from Virginia.

The following items, produced from April 3, 2017 to October 2, 2018, are being recalled:

  • 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.”

The recalled products, bearing establishment number “EST. M2646” inside the USDA mark of inspection, were shipped to distributors in Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Virginia.

What to do

Customers who purchased the recalled products should not consume them, but discard them or return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall may contact Rufus Brown at (919) 934-8054.


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