AMANA MEAT SHOP RECALLS “PICKLED HAM” BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

Amana Meat Shop of Amana, IA, is recalling its 1.25 pound jars of “Pickled Ham” due to the onion recall by Thomson International, Inc. The recalled onions used in Amana’s “Pickled Ham” have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Newport, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled jars of “Pickled Ham” were distributed in the Midwest in retail stores and nationwide through mail orders.

The product comes in a 1.25 pound, clear glass jar packaging marked with the following lot codes: E2620, F0320, F3720, F5420, G0620, G1720, and G3920. Lot codes are located on the top of the lid or in the bottom right hand corner of the label. Recalled product was sold from May 15th 2020 to August 6th 2020. 

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product.

The potential for contamination was noted after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert for ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products containing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated onions that have been recalled by Thomson International Inc. due to concerns that the products may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport. FSIS is issuing this public health alert out of the utmost of caution to ensure that consumers are aware that these products, which bear the USDA mark of inspection, should not be consumed. As more information becomes available, FSIS will update this public health alert.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 1.25 pound jars of “Pickled Ham” are urged not to consume the product but to dispose or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the Amana Meat Shop at (319) 622-7582.

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