Over 2 Million Pounds of Pork Products Recalled Due to Potential Listeria Contamination
Alexander & Hornung, a business unit of Perdue Premium Meat Company, Inc., is recalling 2,320,774 pounds of fully cooked ham and pepperoni products that could potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This recall was recently expanded from the original 234,391 pounds of meat recalled. According to a media release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the products were produced on various dates and were shipped to retailers nationwide, but all bear the establishment number "EST. M10125" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
27 fully cooked ham and pepperoni items are now included in this recall, and a full list of affected products can be found here. If you're concerned you may have bought one or more of these recalled items, you can also check the labels here.
The positive result for Listeria monocytogenes occurred during routine product testing. A statement from Alexander & Hornung says, "While there have been no illnesses or complaints associated with the products and there is no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment, the voluntary recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution."
Foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, which is a serious and potentially fatal infection that may cause side effects such as muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, diarrhea and gastrointestinal symptoms. Listeriosis is particularly concerning for the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. The infection can also cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infections in pregnant people.
If you believe you've bought these products, check your refrigerator or freezer and do not consume them. Throw them away or return them to your place of purchase. Consumers with questions can visit www.alexanderhornung.com or call the Alexander & Hornung Consumer Hotline at 1-866-866-3703.