The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a ham recall on March 2. Byron Center Wholesale Meats has voluntarily recalled approximately 6,586 pounds of ham products due to a citation from the USDA FSIS for the company’s lack of a safe food regulation plan known as a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan.
In addition to a lack of a (HACCP) plan at the Byron, Mich.-based plant, the USDA FSIS inspectors also found that the company lacked a listeria control plan – a mandatory regulation that was not in place during production – to any of their ready-to cook and fully cooked ham products.
The FSIS has categorized this as a “Class I RECALL, High Health Risk” to the consumer public.
According to the FSIS, "This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."
All of the affected food products were produced prior to March 1; they were distributed in Mich. and Ind.
The following products affected in this recall:
- Various weight packages of "Seven Sons Family Farms & Co." Diced Ham (fully cooked), Smoked Ham Sliced (ready to cook/fully cooked) and Smoked Ham Roast (ready to cook/fully cooked).
- Various weight packages of "Heffron Farms" Diced Ham (ready to cook), Smoked Ham Sliced (ready to cook), Smoked Ham Roast(ready to cook), Ground Ham Smoked Pork, Smoked Ham Hocks (ready to cook) and Picnic Hams (ready to cook).
- Various weight packages of "Byron Center Meats" Semi Boneless Ham (ready to cook), Canadian Bacon (not fully cooked), Smoked Ham Hocks, Smoked Pork Chops (ready to cook) and Smoked Picnic Hams.
Also, the affected ham products bear “EST. 2592” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the product label.
The FSIS explains this about the food safety plan, ”HACCP Plans, in which establishments identify potential Hazards associated with a given product, and identify a means of addressing those hazards in the production process, are required for all products.”
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