Nick’s Famous Bar-BQ is recalling ready-to-eat pork products due to possible Listeria contamination

WASHINGTON, October 8, 2021 – Nick’s Famous Bar-BQ, a Nashville, Tennessee facility, is recalling approximately 3,140 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) smoked pork grilled products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen RTE Hickory Smoked Pork Barbecue products were produced on September 7th, 2021 and September 8th, 2021 and packed on September 8th, 2021. The following products are affected by the recall [view the label here]:

  • 20 pound boxes of “Nick’s FAMOUS Hickory Smoked Pork Bar-BQ” with case code 23452 and an expiration date of 09/2022.

The products affected by the recall bear the company number “EST. USDA Marked 17863. These items were distributed to institutions, including school locations in North Carolina. Although the product was distributed to schools, it was from a commercial sale and was not part of the food supplied by the USDA for the National School Lunch Programs have been provided.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during an assessment of the company’s production documentation.

There are no confirmed reports of side effects from consuming these products. Anyone worried about an injury or illness should see a doctor.

Consumption of food that is contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that mainly affects older adults, people with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborn babies. People outside these risk groups are less likely to be affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle pain, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and cramps, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can lead to miscarriages, stillbirths, premature births or life-threatening infections in the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and those with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Individuals in the higher risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months of consuming the contaminated food should see a doctor and inform the health care provider about their consumption of the contaminated food.

FSIS is concerned that some products may be in institutional freezers. These products should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness reviews to ensure that recalling companies are responding to their Customers of the recall and that steps are being taken to ensure the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at

The media and consumers can contact Patrick Lewis, co-owner of Nick’s Famous Bar-BQ, at or Rich Dupont, co-owner of Nick’s Famous Bar-BQ, at with questions about the recall. contact .com.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the USDA Meat and Poultry toll-free hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or ask USDA live chat on Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ( Eastern Time). Consumers can also view food safety messages at Ask USDA or email a question to For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the 24/7 online consumer complaint monitoring system is available at

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