Serious Recall: 1 Person Dead After Eating Popular Food Contaminated With Deadly Bacteria

October 04, 2018

There has been some shocking news that has come in overnight. After eating a recalled product, a consumer has reportedly died, according to "USA Today."

A North Carolina company has issued a recall of more than 89,000 pounds of ready-to-eat meat products after the likelihood of listeria contamination. This has lead to one death and three illnesses.

The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is warning consumers that this product may be stowed away in their freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are asked not to consume them, instead discard them immediately or return them to the place of purchase.

Symptoms of Listeria can include fever, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, and in rare cases, death, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you experience any of these symptoms, you are asked to seek medical attention.

"Symptoms may begin a few days after you've eaten contaminated food, but it may take as long as 30 days or more before the first signs and symptoms of infection begin," the Mayo Clinic reported.

The investigation was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FSIS, and state officials who all linked the recall to the death and the three illnesses. The investigation is still ongoing.

Johnson County Hams of Smithfield has recalled over 89,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products. These products were produced between April 13, 2017, and October 2, 2018, according to reports.

The ready-to-eat ham products were packaged in seven and eight pounds and were shipped to distributors in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Maryland, and Virginia.

The recalled products were wrapped in plastic-wrapping and carried one of five labels:

"Johnson County Hams Inc., Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham," "Goodnight Brothers Country Ham Boneless Fully Cooked," and "Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country Ham Boneless Glazed with Brown Sugar."

Hams labeled "Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured, The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully-Cooked Country Ham" and "Premium Fully-Cooked Country Ham, Less Salt, Distributed By: Valley Country Hams LLC" had specific sell-by dates from April 10, 2018, to Sept. 27, 2019.

According to "USA Today," the CDC reports that there are about 1,600 people who get listeria every year, and about 260 die from it.