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Ham Recall Lawsuit

A North Carolina firm has issued a recall for nearly 90,000 pounds of ham products for potential listeria contamination after one person died and at least 3 others who had eaten it fell seriously ill.

Smithfield, North Carolina-based Johnston County Hams produced the items in question from April 3, 2017, to Oct. 2, 2018, according to a recall notice issued Wednesday by the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). The products weighed between 7 and 8 pounds each, and were shipped to distributors in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Maryland and Virginia.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one got sick after eating ham products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the producer of the ham and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

Johnston County Hams said the ham at issue was produced from April 3, 2017, to Oct. 2, 2018, and shipped to distributors in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Maryland and Virginia.

An investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FSIS and state officials identified a link between 1 death and 3 listeria illnesses and deli ham produced by the company. The ongoing investigation has identified listeria cases occurring between July 8, 2017 and August 11, 2018, FSIS said.

Specific products affected by the recall include:

  • Varying weights of 7- to 8-pound plastic-wrapped packages of “JOHNSTON COUNTY HAMS, INC. COUNTRY STYLE FULLY COOKED BONELESS DELI HAM.”
  • Varying weights of 7- to 8-pound plastic-wrapped packages of “Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham” with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 through 9/27/2019.
  • Varying weights of 7- to 8-pound plastic-wrapped packages of “Padow’s Hams & Deli Inc. FULLY COOKED COUNTRY HAM BONELESS Glazed with Brown Sugar.”
  • Varying weights of 7- to 8-pound plastic-wrapped packages of “Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham LESS SALT Distributed By: Valley Country Hams LLC” with Sell-By dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019.
  • Varying weights of 7- to 8-pound plastic-wrapped packages of “GOODNIGHT BROTHERS COUNTRY HAM Boneless Fully Cooked.”

Symptoms of listeriosis include varying degrees of fever, muscle aches, nausea and/or diarrhea. If the infection spreads to the central nervous system (CNS), additional symptoms may include confusion, loss of balance, and/or convulsions.

An estimated 1,600 people in the U.S. get listeriosis each year, and about 260 people die from the illness, according to the CDC.

If you purchased any of the above ham products, you should not eat them, and either discard them immediately or return them to the point of purchase for a refund.

Anyone concerned about a potential listeria infection should contact their doctor right away.

Do I have a Ham Recall Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in ham recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new listeria infection cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with a listeria infection (listeriosis) after eating any of the ham products listed in this article, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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