WASHINGTON – Atwood, Kan.-based Ben-Lee Processing Inc. recalled an undetermined amount of ready -to-eat and heat-treated bacon and ham products made without a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported. The Kansas State Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with FSIS, discovered the problem.
Inspectors found that some fully cooked products were given the mark of inspection, but the company does not have a HACCP plan for fully cooked products, FSIS said. Further investigation revealed that other ready-to-eat or heat-treated products were produced without HACCP plans. HACCP plans are required for all products bearing the mark of inspection.
Various weight packages of cured pork products are subject to the recall, according to FSIS. This includes country style bacon, sliced bacon, ham, sliced ham and summer sausages. The affected products are in consumer-sized packages in various weights, and are wrapped in white butcher paper with the name and address of Ben-Lee as well as the mark of inspection and the name of the product in a contrasting ink color, FSIS said.
The recalled products bear the establishment number "Est. 2366" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced before March 14, 2013, and were distributed in northwest Kansas for further distribution. FSIS and Ben-Lee have received no reports of illness related to the recalled product.