A popular brand of smoked ham is being recalled, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced this weekend.
The recall was issued after it was discovered that the ham was misbranded, and could contain an allergen that could be harmful to some. A picture of the label of the recalled ham is included below.
The ham was found to have malted barley on it, which could trigger a harsh reaction. The label on the ham did not disclose the presence of barley as an ingredient.
Barley contains gluten, and those who are allergic to gluten have celiac disease. It could have substantial negative effects on the body in both the short and long term.
If you eat gluten, the first set of effects is in your small intestine.
The villi become damaged, leading to poor absorption of essential nutrients from your food, but at the same time, the body absorbs partially digested food, polluting the blood stream.
Poor absorption of nutrients leads to deficiencies in key vitamins and minerals. Anemia is common among celiacs who continue to eat gluten-containing foods.
Eventually, extensive long-term damage can effect all the internal organs, and can be fatal.
The ham found to contain the barley is made by Hahn Brothers and sold under the brand Lou’s Garrett Valley Naturals. Their Black Forest Seasoned Uncured Ham Nugget, pictured below, contained the barley.
Hahn Brothers, Inc., a Westminster, Md. establishment, is recalling approximately 115,773 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) ham products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain malted barley, a known allergen, which is not declared on the final product label.
The ready-to-eat ham products were produced from Dec. 17, 2015 to July 27, 2017. The products have a 70-day sell-by date. The following product is subject to recall: [View Label]
1.75-lb. of vacuum-packed mini ham packages containing “Lou’s Garrett Valley Natural, All Natural black forest seasoned uncured ham nugget, FULLY COOKED WOOD SMOKED” with a case code 74045.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 2000” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distributor in New Jersey and further distributed to retail locations.
The problem was discovered when the FSIS Office of Public Health Science (OPHS) received a consumer complaint on July 11, 2017 with regard to a mislabeling of Lou’s Garret Valley Black Forest Seasoned Uncured Ham Nugget produced by Hahn Brothers Incorporated. The complainant noted that malted barley is listed as an ingredient on the company’s website, but is not listed as an ingredient on the product label.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Media and consumers with questions about the recall can contact Barry Blevins, Vice President of Operations, at (443) 375-7762.
Here is a picture of the label of the brand in question.
Please check your refrigerator immediately!
Please share this ham recall information with family and friends. In addition, share it on social media. You could save a life!