Meat producer recalls products after HACCP failings

By Joe Whitworth

- Last updated on GMT

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One of the products recalled
One of the products recalled
Byron Center Wholesale Meats has recalled more than 6,500 pounds of ham products that were produced without a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan.

The Michigan firm and the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) said no illnesses had yet been reported under the Class I recall.

The 6,586 pounds of recalled products bear the establishment number "Est. 2592" inside the USDA mark of inspection and were produced prior to 1 March for distribution in Michigan and Indiana.

FSIS inspection

The problem was discovered when an FSIS inspector observed staff at the firm 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, said the FSIS.

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​,” said the agency.

USDA describes a Class I recall as one where a “health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death​”.

Byron response

“Byron Center Meats has had a recall on some of our smoked Ham Products due to mislabeling of product and a lack of proper documentation required by the federal government​,” said a statement published on the firm’s website.  

“Only the smoked ham products with the federal stamp displayed below are a part of this recall.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this recall may have created.”

For a list of the products involved click HERE​.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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