Georgia Department of Agriculture

New Jersery firm recalls imported ham products

Monday, June 27, 2011

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of some imported ham. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking grocery stores and food warehouses to make sure the recalled products are removed from sale. Here is the recall announcement from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service:

New Jersey Firm Recalls Imported Ham Products Due To Potential Listeria Contamination

Specialties Agro Alimentation, a Millington, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,700 pounds of imported boneless Serrano ham products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

The following products are subject to recall:

Approximately 11-lb. cases of "Noel Jamón Serrano Boneless Spanish Dry-Cured Ham" and "Bloc Noel Serrano Ham," with production codes "11000481" or "11000119" on the shipping container and the label on the ham.

In addition, each product package subject to this recall bears "Product of Spain" and the establishment number "Est. 26" (Spain) on the label. The products were produced on various dates and were shipped to retailers nationwide. Consumers who purchased this product at a retailer will not find the production code on their package, and should consult the retailer where their purchases were made should they have any questions.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS Web site at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

The problem was discovered by FSIS microbiological testing of imported product resulting in a positive sample for Listeria monocytogenes. The production lots that tested positive were refused entry into the U.S. and are not available in commerce. FSIS notified Spanish authorities of the positive test results, who conducted their own assessment of the Spanish facility where this product was produced, and they discovered associated products entered the country separately. These are the products that were released into commerce and therefore subject to the recall.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact the company's President, Mr. Ron Schinbeckler, at 800-899-6689.

Additional information regarding FSIS's import inspection and sampling procedures can be found at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/fsis_import_reinspection/index.asp.

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