The Murphy House is recalling about 4,920 pounds of ready-to-eat pork barbecue because it may be tainted with salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The possible contamination was discovered through the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service's microbiological sampling program.No one has reported getting sick from eating the barbecue. Salmonella infections can be serious and sometimes fatal in young children, the frail or those with weakened immune systems. Infections can cause a fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.
The Louisburg, N.C., company told Consumer Ally it is working with the USDA to find the source of the contamination and is taking a look at its suppliers. The packing plant is continuing to produce its non-meat products including coleslaw and potato salad.
Included in the recall are 1- and 5-pound plastic tubs of "Murphy House Unskinned Pork with Barbecue Sauce -- Textured Vegetable Protein Added" in green lettering on the container's top; and 1- and 5-pound plastic tubs of "Murphy House Premium Pork Barbecue -- Cooked, Unskinned Pork with Barbecue Sauce Added" in red lettering.
Each container has the number, EST. 2135 inside the USDA inspection mark and individual packages have the sell-by date of 11/21/10. The products were cooked at the plant on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 and packed between Oct. 6 and Oct. 12, 2010. The food was distributed to wholesale and retail stores throughout North Carolina. A total of 19 stores in the state, including Food Lion, IGA, Lowe's Foods and US Foods Charlotte, had the recalled barbecue products.
Consumers who have bought the barbecue can return it to the stores for a refund or call the company at (919) 496-6054.
Murphy House recalls ready-to-eat pork barbecue over salmonella risk