Dec. 7, 2021 -- A meat company is recalling 234,391 pounds of cooked ham and pepperoni products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

The meat is being recalled by Alexander & Hornung, a unit of Perdue Premium Meat Co. that is based in St. Clair Shores, MI. There are 17 products on the recall list, including Wellshire Wood Smoked Ham products, Alexander & Hornung Ham products, Garett Valley Farms ham products, Butcher Boy ham products, Five Star Brand pepperoni, and Big Y bone-in hickory smoked ham steak.

“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,” Alexander & Hornung said in a statement.

The meat was shipped all over the nation. To find out if you have some of the recalled meat in your refrigerator or freezer, look at the circular USDA mark of inspection on the label. All the recalled products carry the establishment number “EST. M10125,” the FSIS said in a news release.

Eating food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, which is more serious than listeria and is sometimes fatal. The most vulnerable groups include seniors, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns, the FSIS said.

Symptoms of listeriosis include headaches, stiff necks, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Symptoms may occur right away or weeks after consumption of the meat.

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” the FSIS said.

“Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.”

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service. “Alexander & Hornung Recalls Fully Cooked Pork Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination”

Alexander & Hornung. “Alexander & Hornung Voluntarily Recalls Further Processed Items.”

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