New Yorkers are better off skipping bodega ham this week — unless they don’t mind plastic in their sandwiches.
More than 13,000 pounds of ham-based deli meats are being recalled due to “extraneous materials” like pieces of plastic found lodged into the meats, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The ready-to-eat, whole hams used for slicing at local delis have been shipped to stores in New York, as well as in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
The meats come from Sahlen Packing Company Inc. in Buffalo, which discovered the problem late last week. So far, no diners have reported any adverse reactions related to the contamination. However, the agriculture department is urging people who purchased the meats to throw them away or return to them to store.
The hams in question carry the following labels: “MARKET 32 BY PRICE CHOPPER BLACK FOREST HAM with natural juices caramel color added 97% FAT FREE” and “EST. 5155.”