Approximately 8,694 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, specifically rubber, have been recalled by 502 Boundary Blvd. Inc., formerly known as Fletcher’s Fine Foods Ltd. The company is based in Algona, Washington. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall regarding the products produced and packed by Sofina Foods, a London, Ontario establishment. The products were exported to the United States on July 21, 2016 and only distributed to the U.S.
The boneless, ready-to-eat ham items were produced on July 18, 2016. The affected items include 6.02-pound vacuum-sealed packages containing one “Fletcher’s Fine Foods CLASSICS Black Forest Ham with Natural Juices.” The products subject to recall bear “Product of Canada” and “Est. #337 on the label. The ready-to-eat ham products bear packaging code 16 OC 2016. These products were shipped to Costco and Sam’s Club and distribution centers in Alaska, Utah, and Washington, according to the USDA website.
The issue was discovered when a retail location received a customer complaint relating to the Black Forest Ham product. The consumer reported having found different sized pieces of what appeared to be rubber material embedded in the ham product. There have been no confirmed reports of any adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Individuals who have purchased these products are advised not to consume them. These products should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts checks to verify effectiveness of recalls and to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers, according to the USDA website.