Nick’s Famous Hickory Smoked Pork Bar-B-Q is being recalled for Listeria risk. The recall includes about 3,140 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked pork barbecue products distributed to institutions, including school locations in North Carolina.
The frozen recalled hickory smoked pork barbecue products were produced on September 7, 2021 and September 8, 2021. They were packed in 20-lb. boxes with a case code of 23452 and a “use by” date of 09/2022. The establishment number “EST. 17863” appears inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The problem was discovered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) during a review of the company’s production records. Although some of these items were distributed to schools, these were commercial sales. The product was not part of the National School Lunch Program.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, muscle aches, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Sometimes these symptoms are preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection usually develop within two weeks of exposure but sometimes they can take as long as 70 days to develop. Consumers who ate these products before the recall should monitor themselves for symptoms and see a doctor if they develop.