Pork recall 2021: Alexander & Hornung recalls 2.3 million pounds ham, pepperoni for possible listeria

Kelly Tyko
USA TODAY

Ahead of Christmas, meat producer Alexander & Hornung has expanded its recall from 234,391 pounds to 2,320,774 pounds of pork products.

The recall notice posted on the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website also has been updated with an expanded list of fully cooked ham and pepperoni products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  

The Michigan-based company, which is a unit of Perdue Premium Meat Co., Inc.,  said in a statement that no illnesses have been reported 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."

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consuming food contaminated with listeria bacteria can cause serious or fatal infections in children, elderly people, those with compromised immune systems, pregnant women, and newborns.

Pork recall list

Recalled products include fully cooked products and private label products including Alexander & Hornung spiral sliced ham and Niman Ranch Applewood smoked uncured ham. 

The products involved in the recall have the establishment number “EST. M10125” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The items being recalled range in size and have several different sell or best used by dates.

See the full list of products here, codes and expiration dates here.

The products should not be consumed and the USDA advises throwing them away or returning them to the stores purchased.

Consumers with questions should call the Alexander & Hornung hotline at 866-866-3703 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for more information.

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Symptoms of listeria infection

The CDC says symptoms of listeria infection can be different depending on the person and part of the body affected.

Healthy individuals may experience high fever, severe headaches, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Symptoms usually start one to four weeks after eating food contaminated with listeria. But they can also start as late as 70 days after exposure, the CDC says.

Contributing: Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press

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