Costco is on high alert as a potential listeria contamination has triggered a voluntary recall of its Kirkland Signature ham.
The alarm was sounded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) following lab tests from the California-based meat producer, Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats.
The specific product identified is the “Kirkland Signature Applewood Smoked Master Carve Half Ham Boneless With Natural Juices,” particularly those marked with a use/freeze by date of Jan 2024 and a sticker bearing the lot of number 264 – 4.
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The potential health hazard came to light through lab testing by Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats, although no adverse reactions have been reported so far.
Listeria, a severe infection usually stemming from food tainted with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is known to annually afflict around 1,600 individuals in the U.S., causing roughly 260 fatalities, particularly threatening pregnant women, newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and individuals with compromised immune systems.
Customers who purchased the possibly tainted ham between Sept. 26 and Sept. 29 in Northern California and Western Nevada have been urged not to consume the product and to return it to Costco for a full refund.
The incident underlines the importance of stringent food safety measures to prevent potential health risks associated with foodborne pathogens.
With information from Fox News