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Possible Listeria Contamination Prompts Voluntary Recall by Clay Center Locker Plant


Possible Listeria Contamination Prompts Voluntary Recall by Clay Center Locker Plant, FFA Chapters in Clay Center and Chapman May be Affected

TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued an alert to consumers about a voluntary recall by the Clay Center Locker Plant because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  The recall is for any ready-to-eat products, including smoked pork loins, ham hocks, and smoked ham.  KDHE urges the public not to consume any products affected by the recall. This includes products purchased at the retail counter in the plant and the hams that were delivered to the Future Farmers of America Clay Center and Chapman chapters.  

This recall was initiated after Listeria monocytogenes were found in a food sample tested as part of a routine sampling program by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. All known affected distributors and retail and food service customers are being notified. Some of the products were sold through FFA chapters in Chapman and Clay Center. To date, no illnesses have been linked with this recall.  Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in pregnant women, newborns, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals rarely become ill, older persons and those with weakened immune systems may suffer high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Symptoms begin from three to 70 days after consuming the bacteria. Listeria cannot be spread from person to person.

Anyone who believes they may have become ill with listeriosis should contact their health care provider. For questions related to the recalled products, consumers can contact Clay Center Locker Plant: (785) 632-5550.  For questions about listeriosis, please visit the CDC website or call the KDHE epidemiology hotline: (877) 427-7317.

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