CALIFORNIA – Food inspectors say the Perdue Premium Meat Company is recalling nearly a quarter of a million pounds of fully cooked ham and pepperoni products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services, the products were produced on different dates and shipped with multiple labels, but all have the same company number – “EST. M10125” – within their USDA inspection marks.
The product labels look like this:
So far, no one has reported being sick from the contamination, which was identified through routine product sampling, officials said.
Listeria bacteria can cause serious infections, especially for older adults, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and children. Anyone who thinks they may be ill should contact their doctor.
Symptoms of listeriosis, as the infection is called, include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, cramps and diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths or premature births, officials said.
Anyone in the high-risk categories who experiences flu-like symptoms after eating potentially contaminated food should seek medical attention and tell their doctors about eating the contaminated food. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.
Officials are asking anyone who may have purchased the contaminated ham or pepperoni to search their refrigerators or freezers and throw the products out or return them where they were purchased.