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Harvard packaging company recalls 432 pounds of meat

HARVARD – Harvard-based Jones Packaging LLC and Farmer Nicks LLC have recalled more than 430 pounds of meat products after the Illinois Department of Agriculture discovered a potential health hazard.

While no illnesses have been reported, meat and poultry inspectors discovered mandatory food safety inspections were not followed to eliminate risks from biological, chemical and physical hazards in production processes. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Products recalled were packaged under the labels Farmer Nicks and Jones Packaging and included ham, hocks, pepper jowl and a variety of bacon. Production dates range from March to July.

Rhonda Weidner, of Jones Packaging, said the error was on Farmer Nicks LLC. That company brings meat to Jones Packaging to be processed and Weidner said the incorrect labeling came from Farmer Nicks, and sale of the recalled meat occurred at various farmers' markets.

Illinois Department of Agriculture officials stood by their claims and said Jones Packaging was just as responsible for incorrect packaging. Officials said the meat was labeled with the state mark of inspection despite not having gone through the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point inspection.

Some of the state marks of inspection were later crossed out with black marker on some packages of meat.

Both companies face financial penalties.

Consumers who have questions about the recall should contact Weidner, the plant's representative, at 815-943-4488.

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