Byron Center Wholesale Meats of Byron Center, Michigan announced Saturday that it was recalling approximately 6,500 pounds of ham products that were produced without a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the recalled products were distributed in Michigan and Indiana under the “Seven Sons Family Farms & Co.”, “Heffron Farms” and “Byron Center Meats” brand names. They bear the establishment number “Est. 2592” inside the USDA mark of inspection. In a press release, the USDA stated:
The problem was discovered when an FSIS inspector observed establishment personnel making diced and sliced ham products from whole hams. These hams were labeled as fully cooked, but the company does not have a HACCP plan for fully cooked product or a Listeria control program. Further investigation revealed other Ready-To-Eat and heat-treated products produced without HACCP plans. HACCP plans, in which establishments identify potential hazards associated with a given product, and identify a means of addressing those hazards in the production process, are required for all products.
All recalled ham products being recalled were produced prior to March 1, 2013. They are: – Various weight packages of “Seven Sons Family Farms & Co.” Diced Ham (fully cooked), Smoked Ham Sliced (ready to cook/fully cooked) and Smoked Ham Roast (ready to cook/fully cooked). – Various weight packages of “Heffron Farms” Diced Ham (ready to cook), Smoked Ham Sliced (ready to cook), Smoked Ham Roast(ready to cook), Ground Ham Smoked Pork, Smoked Ham Hocks (ready to cook) and Picnic Hams (ready to cook). – Various weight packages of “Byron Center Meats” Semi Boneless Ham (ready to cook), Canadian Bacon (not fully cooked), Smoked Ham Hocks, Smoked Pork Chops (ready to cook) and Smoked Picnic Hams. the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Images of the ham product labels are available in the USDA press release.