One Virginia Death and Several Illnesses Linked to Deli Ham

An outbreak of listeriosis resulting in one Virginia death and four illnesses in Virginia and North Carolina has been reported as a result of a possible listeria contamination in Johnston County Hams, Inc. products.

More than 89,000 pounds of the ready-to-eat hams, produced between April 3, 2017, and October 2, 2018, have been recalled. Those products include:

  • Johnston County Hams, Inc. Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham
  • Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019
  • Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country ham Boneless Glazed with Brown Sugar
  • Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham Less Salt Distributed by Valley Country Hams, LLC. with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019
  • Goodnight Brothers Country Ham Boneless Fully Cooked

The hams were shipped to distributors in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, and South Carolina.

The Center for Disease Control recommends either throwing away any recalled deli ham, or returning it to the store for a refund, then washing and sanitizing drawers or shelves in refrigerators and freezers where the recalled ham was stored.

Listeriosis can cause a variety of symptoms, including fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion and loss of balance. Patients may experience diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, followed by convulsions. Pregnant women, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of serious illness.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is continuing to determine if there are additional illnesses linked to these products. Click here to read updated information as it becomes available.

If you have questions or concerns regarding contaminated food, or have suffered illness as a result of eating contaminated food, please contact us for more information.