|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
WASHINGTON, April 10, 1996--Swift-Eckrich, a Downers Grove, Ill., food processing firm, is voluntarily recalling about 15,000 pounds of its canned hams distributed nationwide 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.
All 5-pound cans of "Swift Premium Fully Cooked Ham, Water Added"with the code "EST 543 6066" printed in black ink on the side of the can are being recalled. "EST. 543" appears inside the USDA inspection seal on the product label. Only the 5-pound size of this product is being recalled; other sizes are not affected by the recall.
"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 that some of the product already shipped to stores may have been undercooked.
Common symptoms of foodborne illness include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea; and, in some cases, flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and headache.
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.
Editor's Note: To help consumers identify the product, the company has provided the following toll-free consumer inquiry telephone number: 1-800-846-5426. This number will be answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday; a recorded message is available at other times. Media inquiries to the firm should be directed to 708- 512-1152.
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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