Major Food Company Recalls Nearly 1,000 Pounds of Deli Meat

This brand is a classic, but there's a concern with the ingredients in one particular lunch meat that could pose health problems for certain consumers.

If you frequent the deli counter at your supermarket or neighborhood deli, you need to check your fridge for a popular sliced deli meat. Hormel Foods is recalling nearly 1,000 pounds of a particular type of ready-to-eat ham, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on February 3, 2024.

Hormel’s Spiced Ham with Natural Juices has the potential to be contaminated with milk, a major allergen for many people. According to the notice, the issue was discovered when deli workers noticed what looked like cheese in a particular product batch. The label does not include any cheese or milk-derived substance.

The batch that appears to be contaminated was produced on November 17, 2023, and shipped throughout Pennsylvania. The recall includes ham from five-pound or other weight packages from a deli with the lot code 051424 and “EST. 199″ inside the USDA mark of inspection. The boxes that the ham was shipped in will be labeled with “HML SPCD HAM-D SHAPE 9/5LB” and will have a case code 04472. They also include a prepare or freeze-by date of 05/14/24-07.

However, anyone who purchased this product will most likely have received it sliced from their local deliso if it’s a favorite, be sure to contact your store to see if they are aware of the recall.

The FSIS notes that no adverse reactions or injuries have been reported to date from the product. They advise delis or consumers to throw away the recalled items if they are allergic to milk products. Consumers with additional questions should contact Hormel at or call 1-800-523-4635, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT. 

Meaghan Cameron, MS
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