Arkansas-based meat processor Berry Packing has recalled about 4,500 pounds of sausage and ham because of possible contamination with the illness-causing bacteria listeria, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The recall involves ready-to-eat sausage and smoked ham packaged on 26 September and sold in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. No reports of illnesses linked to the recalled meat have been issued.
The recall applies to Berry, Garlic Hot Sausage Links stamped with the code 4255, Berry, Summer Sausage with the code 4245 and Berry, Sugar Cured Smoked Ham with a box code of 4245. The establishment number 2325 is inside the USDA mark of inspection on all of the packages.
Listeria monocytogenes is relatively harmless to healthy adults but can cause miscarriages in pregnant women and other serious illnesses for the elderly, the very young and those with chronic ailments. The bacteria causes an estimated 2,500 illnesses and 500 deaths annually in the US alone.