The Listeria outbreak linked to Johnson County Hams has ended after sickening four people and killing one of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But some of those sickened may still choose to file a lawsuit.
The Pritzker Hageman Listeria Team has won millions of dollars for clients nationwide including a $4.5 million award for one client who suffered permanent brain damage.
Johnson County Ham Listeria
This outbreak included one person from North Carolina and three people from Virginia, one of whom died. They ranged in age from 70 to 81 years old.
Health officials used Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to find the fingerprint of this outbreak strain and identify patients who were sickened. These illnesses occurred over more than a year with onset-of-illness dates ranging from July 8, 2017, to August 11, 2018.
Johnson County Ham Recall
On October 3, 2018, Johnston County Hams, Inc. of Smithfield, North Carolina issued a recall of ham products for potential contamination with Listeria bacteria. The recalled products, produced from April 3, 2017, through October 2, 2018, had the establishment number “EST. M2646” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
- Johnston County Hams, Inc. Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham
- Goodnight Brothers Country Ham Boneless Fully Cooked
- Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country ham Boneless Glazed with Brown Sugar
- Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully-Cooked Country Ham with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019
- Premium Fully-Cooked Country Ham Less Salt Distributed by Valley Country Hams, LLC. with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019
Consumers who may still have these products on hand, after buying and freezing them, should not eat them as Listeria causes serious illness and can be fatal. Symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as 70 days to develop. They include stiff neck, headache, fever, muscle aches, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.
Listeriosis poses a serious risk to seniors, people with compromised immune systems and pregnant women who are at risk of suffering a miscarriage or stillbirth.