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Listeria Concerns Prompt Recall of Serrano Ham

Specialities Agro Alimentation of Millington, NJ is recalling approximately 5,700 pounds of imported boneless Serrano ham that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. 


The problem was discovered when FSIS microbiological testing resulted in a positive sample for Listeria monocytogenes. The production lots that tested positive were refused entry into the United States. FSIS then notified Spanish authorities, who conducted their own assessment of the facility in Spain where the ham was produced, and they discovered that associated products had entered the country separately. These are the products that were released into commerce and are being recalled.

There have been no reports of illness associated with the ham. 

The recall is for 11 lb. cases of “Noel Jamón Serrano Boneless Spanish Dry-Cured Ham” and “Bloc Noel Serrano Ham,” with production codes “11000481” or “11000119” on the shipping container and the label. In addition, each package subject to this recall states “Product of Spain” and includes the establishment number “Est. 26” (Spain) on the label.

The products were produced on various dates and were shipped to retailers nationwide.When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the <a href="http://www.fsis.usda.gov/



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Consumers who purchased the ham at a retailer will not find the production code on their package. Consumers with questions should consult the retailer where their purchases were made or the company’s president, Ron Schinbeckler, at 800-899-6689.

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