WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, a New Jersey establishment recalled 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 announced.
Specialities Agro Alimentation based in Millington, an unincorporated area within Long Hill Township in Morris County, recalled 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.
Neither the Food Safety and Inspection Service nor the company had received reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products as of Friday. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
The problem was discovered by 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. The Food Safety and Inspection Service 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.
Recommendations For People At Risk For Listeriosis
- Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.
- Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.
- Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.
- Do not eat refrigerated pâté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that don’t need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.
- Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.
- Do not eat salads made in the store such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.
- Do not eat soft cheeses such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.
- Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40 °F or lower and the freezer 0 °F or lower. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.
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