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IOWA FIRM RECALLS CANNED HAMS SENT TO 13 STATES, INCLUDING UTAH

An Iowa food processor is voluntarily recalling about 9,000 pounds of cooked canned hams because the meat is undercooked and could cause trichinosis if eaten, the government said Thursday.

The hams, packaged by Cedarrapids Meats Inc., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were distributed in 13 states including Utah and were sold to delicatessens and institutions.No illnesses have been reported, the department said.

The hams were packaged in 11-pound, 4-ounce pullman-shaped cans with the label "Wilson Continental Deli Ham, Water Added" and "Est. 111" printed inside the Agriculture Department inspection seal. The hams subject to recall can be identified by the code number 0898D embossed on the end of the can.

The hams generally are sold as a food service item to establishments such as delicatessens, hotels, schools and restaurants.

Although they were initially distributed only in Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia,those states may have sold them to customers in other states.

"As a precautionary measure, we are encouraging all food service establishments who purchased these hams to return them to their distributor," said Lester Crawford, head of the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

"We also are encouraging consumers who may have purchased this product in sliced form to contact their delicatessen."