What’s the problem?
The ham in question was produced by Smithfield, North Carolina-based Johnston County Hams between April 3, 2017, and Oct. 2, 2018, according to the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), and sent to distributors in Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Virginia.
An investigation by the CDC, FSIS and state officials identified the likely source of the illnesses as ham produced by Johnston County Hams. Listeria cases have been reported as occurring between July 8, 2017 and August 11, 2018, FSIS said.
Specific products affected by the recall include:
Varying weights of 7- to 8-pound plastic-wrapped packages of “JOHNSTON COUNTY HAMS, INC. COUNTRY STYLE FULLY COOKED BONELESS DELI HAM.”
Varying weights of 7- to 8-pound plastic-wrapped packages of “Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham” with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 through 9/27/2019.
Varying weights of 7- to 8-pound plastic-wrapped packages of “Padow’s Hams & Deli Inc. FULLY COOKED COUNTRY HAM BONELESS Glazed with Brown Sugar.”
Varying weights of 7- to 8-pound plastic-wrapped packages of “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.
Varying weights of 7- to 8-pound plastic-wrapped packages of “GOODNIGHT BROTHERS COUNTRY HAM Boneless Fully Cooked.”
Listeria food poisoning (listeriosis) affects about 1,600 people each year in the U.S., according to the CDC. Symptoms usually include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions. The most likely to develop severe cases of listeriosis are senior citizens, children, and individuals with impaired immune systems.
Why Our Firm Is Only Filing Individual Claims as Opposed to a Class Action
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a ham recall class action suit and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of injured individuals and/or their family members who were diagnosed with listeriosis after eating ham products produced by Johnston County Hams.
It has been our experience that in this type of litigation, individual suits are preferable to class actions, due to much higher potential payouts and a greater degree of control to the client over their own case. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP, we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills, and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual food poisoning lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Ham Recall Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in ham recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new listeria infection cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed a case of listeria infection (listeriosis) after eating ham, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.