1 dead in listeria outbreak linked to ham

Smithfield, N.C.-based Johnston County Hams is recalling about 90,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes, according to a report issued Oct. 8 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Here are four things to know:

1. The department's Food Safety and Inspection Service received a report Sept. 27 of a person who fell ill with listeriosis and reported eating a ham product from Johnston County Hams. The FSIS worked with the CDC to determine a link between the listeria case and the company's ham products.

2. The epidemiologic investigation found four total cases of listeriosis, which resulted in one death, between July 8, 2017 and August 11, 2018.

3. Johnston County Hams produced the recalled meat products between April 3, 2017, and Oct. 2, 2018. The company shipped the affected meat to distributors in Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Virginia.

4. Listeriosis is an invasive infection that spreads through the gastrointestinal tract and can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

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