Three food recalls announced Friday spawned from Johnston County Hams’ Wednesday night’s recall of 89,000 pounds of ham products.
Callie’s Charleston Biscuits recalled the last year and five months of its Cocktail Ham Biscuits and Country Ham Biscuits. Ladyfinger Caterers recalled all of the Signature Shaved Country Ham Rolls on the market. Ukrop Homestyle Foods recalled 12 different kinds of wraps, pinwheels and a salad among the 12 products (product list here), representing 18,296 pounds of dishes with ham.
Callie’s was sold nationwide. Retail stores in California, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Virginia, District of Columbia and Delaware sold Ladyfinger’s rolls. Ukrop’s products went to stores in Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.
No illnesses have been reported yet from these products. If you have any, toss them or return it to the store of purchase for a refund.
Johnston County Hams yanked 89,096 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products Wednesday after four listeria illnesses, including one death, were traced to the company. If an ingredient supplier has a problem, it’s akin to a rock dropping in a pond. Cautionary recalls will ripple out from the center (such as July’s Ritz and Goldfish recalls caused by a whey powder supplier’s salmonella issue).
Callie’s led off Friday’s hat trick of recalls.
“At the core of our business is making sure that our customers and community are receiving the best possible products,” Callie’s founder Carrie Morey said in the company-written, FDA-posted recall notice. “We have a plan in place that we were hoping to never use. We acted immediately with every possible precaution to ensure the safety of our customers. To our loyal retailers, we have a contingency plan in place and do not foresee any major disruptions in our service. “
Anyone with questions about Callies can call Kevin Hackler, Callie’s Charleston Biscuits director of legal affairs, at 843-577-1198; about Ladyfingers, call 919-828-2270, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eastern time; and, for Ukrop, executive administrator Susan Rowe at 804-340-3104.
Listeria sickens about 1,600 in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 260 die from the illness. Most vulnerable are pregnant women, children under 5, senior citizens and those with immune systems damaged in some way.