Rubber-y Ham Recalled

Fletcher’s Fine Foods CLASSICS Black Forest Brand Ham with Natural Juices is recalled for potential rubber contamination. Source: USDA FSIS.
Fletcher’s Fine Foods CLASSICS Black Forest Brand Ham with Natural Juices is recalled for potential rubber contamination. Source: USDA FSIS.

502 Boundary Blvd. Recalls Black Forest Ham Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Released by Julie Schwartz,

502 Boundary Blvd. Inc. — formerly known as Fletcher’s Fine Foods Ltd — in Algona, Washington, is recalling approximately 8,694 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber. The recall was announced by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on September 21, 2016. The products were produced and packed by Sofina Foods, a London, Ont., establishment, and exported to the United States on July 21, 2016.

This product was only distributed to the United States.

The boneless, ready-to-eat ham items were produced on July 18, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 6.02-lb. vacuum-sealed packages containing one “Fletcher’s Fine Foods CLASSICS Black Forest Brand Ham with Natural Juices.”

The products subject to recall bear “Product of Canada” and “Est. #337” on the label. The ready-to-eat ham products bear packaging code 16 OC 2016.

These items were shipped to Costco and Sam’s Club establishments and distribution centers in Alaska, Utah, and Washington.

The problem was discovered when a retail location received a consumer complaint regarding the Black Forest Ham product. The consumer reported having found various sized pieces of what appeared to be rubber material embedded in the product.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

This is a “Class II” recall, which the USDA describes as “This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.”

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Consumer Call Centre at 1.855.763.4621.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at

The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1.888.MPHotline (1.888.674.6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10am to 4pm (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at

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