Alexander & Hornung Expands Recall of Cooked Ham, Pepperoni Due to Risk of Listeria Contamination

More than 2.3 million pounds of meat have been recalled

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Alexander & Hornug has expanded the recall of cooked ham and pepperoni products that was first announced on December 5, the Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service says. Originally, the company, a subsidiary of Purdue Premium Meat, recalled more than 230,000 pounds of products because tests showed they may be contaminated with listeria. The expanded recall now encompasses more than 2.3 million pounds.

The 27 cooked products are sold under the brand names Alexander & Hornung, Amish Country Fresh Brand, Amish Valley, Big Y, Butcher Boy, Five Star, Food Club, Garrett Valley Farms, Lancaster Brand, Niman Ranch, Open Nature, and Wellshire. See the specific products below.

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Regardless of the brand, the packages have the establishment number “EST. M10125” inside the USDA mark of inspection. (Download a PDF of the product labels.)

One concern is that consumers may have recalled products in their freezer, the USDA says. Freezing food doesn’t kill listeria, which is why if you have any of these products, it’s important to check to determine whether they’re part of the recall, says James E. Rogers, PhD, director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports.

Throw away the recalled product, or return it to the store where you bought it for a refund, says Kerri McCliman, a spokesperson for Alexander & Hornung.

Risks of Listeria

Consuming food tainted with listeria can cause listeriosis, an infection that is most likely to sicken newborns and people who are older, are pregnant, or have weakened immune systems. Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, headaches, stiff neck, muscle aches, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, and can occur one to four weeks after eating tainted food, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But people have also experienced symptoms on the same day after eating tainted food, and even up to 70 days later.

The biggest risk is when the infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract—that’s when it can become much more serious and sometimes fatal. For those who are pregnant, it can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

The Details

Products Recalled

  • Alexander & Hornung boneless ham water added, 1.44 pounds with "best by" dates of Mar. 11, 2022 or before
  • Alexander & Hornung boneless ham water added, 2.22 pounds, with "best by" dates of March 6 or before
  • Alexander & Hornung boneless ham water added, 2.88 pounds, with "best by" dates of March 11, 2022 or before
  • Alexander & Hornung ham with natural juices, 5.92 pounds, with “best by” dates of Dec. 26, 2021 or before
  • Alexander & Hornung glazed spiral-sliced honey ham with natural juices, 5.92 pounds, with “best by” dates of May 24, 2022 or before
  • Alexander & Hornung spiral sliced smoked ham with natural juices, 16.36 pounds, with “best by” dates of Dec. 11, 2021 or before
  • Alexander & Hornung super trim, bone-in ham steak, 1.48 pounds, with “best by” dates of Feb. 22, 2022 or before
  • Amish Country Fresh Brand glazed spiral sliced ham with natural juices, 7.38 pounds, with "best by" dates of Jan. 15, 2022 or before.
  • Amish Valley glazed spiral sliced ham with natural juices, 5.55 pounds, with "best by" dates of Feb. 22, 2022 or before
  • Big Y bone-in hickory smoked ham steak, 1.84 pounds, with “best by” dates of Dec. 24, 2021 or before
  • Big Y bone-in hickory smoked butt portion ham water added, 7.37 pounds, with "best by" dates of Feb. 27, 2022 or before
  • Big Y smoked honey cured spiral sliced ham with natural juices (includes glaze packet), 7.37 pounds with "best by" dates of Feb. 22, 2022 or before
  • Butcher Boy boneless ham, water added, 8.24 pounds, with “best by” dates of Jan. 3, 2022 or before
  • Food Club spiral-sliced ham with natural juices, honey cured, 2.74 pounds, with “best by” dates of Feb. 22, 2022 or before
  • Food Club spiral sliced ham with natural juices (includes brown sugar flavored glaze packet), 7.37 pounds, with "best by" dates of Jan. 29, 2022 or before
  • Garrett Valley Farms spiral-sliced uncured ham, semi-boneless, 6.25 pounds, with “best by” dates of Jan. 11, 2021 or before
  • Lancaster Brand hickory smoked spiral sliced honey ham with natural juices (includes glaze packet), 22.1 pounds, with "best by" dates of Jan. 15, 2022 or before
  • Lancaster Brand hickory smoked spiral sliced honey ham with natural juices (includes glaze packet), 11.06 pounds, with "best by" dates of Feb. 19, 2022
  • Lancaster Brand spiral slices half ham with natural juices (includes brown sugar glaze packet), 11.06 pounds, with "best by" dates of Feb. 19, 2022 or before
  • Niman Ranch applewood smoked uncured ham, 4 pounds, packed Nov. 8, 2021 or before
  • Open Nature spiral-sliced uncured ham, cooked, semi-boneless, 6.25 pounds, with “best by” dates of Jan. 7, 2022 or before
  • Wellshire wood smoked spiral sliced semi-boneless, seasoned uncured ham, 6.25 pounds, with “best by” dates of Jan. 5, 2022 or before
  • Wellshire wood smoked spiral sliced semi-boneless, seasoned ham, 6.25 pounds, with "best by" dates of Jan. 11, 2022 or before
  • Wellshire wood smoked spiral sliced semi-boneless seasoned uncured ham, 12.5 pounds, with “best by” dates of Dec. 20, 2021 or before
  • Wellshire wood smoked semi-boneless seasoned uncured ham, 6.25 pounds, with “best by” dates of Dec. 15, 2021 or before
  • Wellshire wood smoked semi-boneless seasoned uncured ham, 12.5 pounds, with “best by” dates of Dec. 10, 2021 or before
  • Five Star pepperoni, 1 pound, with “best by” dates of March 19, 2022 or before

The problem: The products may be contaminated with listeria.

The fix: Check your freezer for these products, and return the recalled product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund, or toss it into the trash.

How to contact the manufacturer: Call the Alexander & Hornung hotline at 866-866-3703.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include information about the recall expansion.


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