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89,000 pounds of ham recalled from NC company after listeria death

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Posted at 10:17 AM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 11:17:01-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials have ordered a recall of 89,000 pounds of ham products from a North Carolina company after investigators found listeria contamination which led to one death.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Wednesday the ready-to-eat hams were produced by Johnston County Hams of Smithfield between April 3, 2017, to Oct. 2, 2018, and shipped to distributors in Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Virginia.

The hams weigh between 7 and 8 pounds (3.1 kg and 3.6 kg) and carry establishment number “EST. M2646” inside the USDA inspection mark.

Department officials were notified last month that a person got sick after eating a Johnston County Hams product. An investigation confirmed four listeriosis cases, including one death, between July 8, 2017, and Aug. 11, 2018.

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