North Carolina Firm Recalls Pork Barbeque Products
Murphy House Premium Pork Barbecue.
Credit: FSIS.

The Murphy House, a Louisburg, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,920 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) pork barbeque products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 1 lb. and 5 lb. plastic tubs of "MURPHY HOUSE Unskinned Pork with Barbeque Sauce-TEXTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN ADDED" written in green lettering on the container's top.
  • 1 lb. and 5 lb. plastic tubs of "MURPHY HOUSE PREMIUM PORK BARBEQUE-COOKED, UNSKINNED PORK WITH BARBEQUE SAUCE ADDED " written in red lettering on the container's top.

The problem was discovered through FSIS' microbiological sampling program. FSIS has received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

Each package bears the establishment number "EST. 2135" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Individual packages bear the sell-by date of 11/21/10.

Murphy House Unskinned Pork with Barbecue Sauce.
Murphy House Unskinned Pork with Barbecue Sauce.
Credit: FSIS.
These products were cooked on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7, 2010, packed between Oct. 6 and Oct. 12, 2010, then distributed to wholesale and retail establishments throughout North Carolina. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS' website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

These products were not involved in the National School Lunch Program or Department of Defense sales.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers and media with questions regarding the recall should contact Josh Whitley, the company's Owner/President, at (919) 496-6054.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.