Congressional and Public Affairs
Gabrielle N. Johnston
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2015 – The Cure House, a Louisville, Ky. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of cured pork products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The cured ham items were produced from 2009 thru Dec. 19, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “Est. 44888” inside the USDA mark of inspection; however, this firm was not issued a USDA grant of inspection by FSIS. These items were shipped to distributors in Kentucky and New Jersey.
The problem was discovered when FSIS was alerted by the State of Kentucky, Food Safety Branch, of an operation receiving federally inspected not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) hams and further processing these hams without the benefit of FSIS inspection. A subsequent Office of Investigation, Enforcement, and Audit (OIEA) investigation confirmed the allegation on Dec. 17, 2015.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Jay Denham, Operator, at (502) 235-3792.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
|USDA Recall Classifications|
|Class I||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.|
|Class II||This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.|
|Class III||This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.|