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United States Department of Agriculture
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 1996--Pyramid Incorporated, a Holland, Mich., food processing firm, is voluntarily recalling about 900 pounds of Quincy Street brand boneless ham, because some of the product was underprocessed and may have the potential of causing serious illness if eaten, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today.
"Quincy Street Fully Cooked Paramount Baby Boneless Ham, Water Added" was distributed to retail food stores in western Michigan. "EST. 18963" appears inside the USDA inspection seal on the product label. All packages of the Quincy Street Baby Boneless Ham are being recalled.
"Because of the potential hazard, we urge consumers to avoid opening or tasting the recalled product," said Michael R. Taylor, USDA's acting under secretary for food safety and also administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. "We urge consumers who may have purchased the suspect product to return it to the place of purchase," Taylor said.
USDA was notified of the problem when the company discovered production records showing that some product already shipped to stores may have been insufficiently processed. Most of the product has already been recovered.
Common symptoms of foodborne illness include flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, backache, and, in some cases, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Consumers with questions about the recall may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The Hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. This number also provides access to a telecommunications device for the deaf and the hearing impaired.
For Further Information, Contact:
Consumers: Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-800-535-4555 (voice); 1-800-256-7072 (TTY)
Media: (202) 720-9113
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