On Wednesday 9 December, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), said that the company would be recalling the ham product due to “misbranding and undeclared allergens”.
The boneless hickory smoked honey ham product contained soy – one of the most common allergens – and its label failed to include the item in the ingredient list.
It is believed the error was detected by site management, after it conducted an audit of Morrilton Packing Co labels.
Urged not to eat
So far there have been no confirmed reports of people falling ill due to consumption of the products. However, consumers are urged not to eat the ‘Cedar Falls Brand Boneless Hickory Smoked Honey Cured Ham’ product containing a code date of I14, I22, or I15.
If the product has been purchased, it should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
Recalling the product is believed to be fairly straightforward as it was shipped to a single distributor in Arkansas.
Morrilton Packing Co works solely in the US, selling its meat online to states as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. It employs 70 people and has been operating since the 1930s.