Alexander & Hornung, a business unit of Perdue Premium Meat Company, Inc., has ordered the recall of more than 200,000 pounds of cooked ham and pepperoni products because they may be contaminated with harmful bacteria.

The recall was issued after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) discovered in a product sampling some listeria monocytogenes.

The FSIS said the recall has affected 17 products, which were produced on various dates and shipped to retail locations nationwide.

Gary Malenke, senior vice president of plant operations for Alexander & Hornung said they decided to order the recall as a form of precaution for possible contamination.

“We are committed to producing the highest quality product, therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to recall a limited amount of further processed items,” Malengke said.

Sources said the affected products can be identified by the establishment number “EST. M10125” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

At the moment no report of possible contamination has been reported.

Based on the FSIS data, food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns.

The FSIS added that some symptoms of listeriosis can include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions which can be followed by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

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