News Release

HF Food Distributors Recalls Pork Products Produced without Benefit of Inspection

Class I Recall 049-2018
Health Risk: High Jun 13, 2018

Congressional and Public Affairs
Autumn Canaday
(202) 720-9113


WASHINGTON, June 13, 2018 – HF Food Distributors, a Orocovis, Puerto Rico establishment, is recalling approximately 142 pounds of sliced cooked ham products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat sliced cooked ham products were produced and packed on April 21, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]   

  • 1-lb. plastic-wrapped packages of “JAMON COCIDO REBANADO” with a sell by date of “May 25, 00” on the label.

The products do not bear an establishment number, mark of inspection, or an ingredients statement. These items were shipped wholesale to Head Start centers in Puerto Rico.  USDA provides reimbursement for meals served in Head Start through the Child and Adult Care Food Program; however, these products were purchased commercially.  The products were not provided or purchased by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.           

The problem was discovered on June 8, 2018, when FSIS performed recall effectiveness checks for FSIS Recall 044-2018.

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

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. 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 and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Jose Figueroa of HF Food Distributors at (787) 213-7892.

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 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (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:

USDA Recall Classifications
Class IThis is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class IIThis is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class IIIThis is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified Jun 13, 2018

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