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Apr 16, 2012 01:08 PM

Packaged Smithfield ham slices - OK if not refrigerated

My mother received sealed plastic packets of Smithfield uncooked old country sugar cure biscuit ham slices from her brother. She is in assisted living and the package went unopened for over a week in her warm room.

I am a fan of the ham and would rather not toss it if I don't have too.

Would the sealed in plastic packages be OK if not refrigerated for 10 days. They
are in the freezer now.

I have already emailed Smithfield, but thought I would ask here too.

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  1. Unfortunately, no. The ham should definitely be thrown out. It's definitely NOT safe to eat.

    If it was a whole cured ham that had been hung-cured, it would have lasted for an eternity, but what you're describing ain't that.

    Throw it out, unless you're waiting on a big bonus from your mom's will.


      Scroll down to the bottom of the page. It says it is fine for 10 days unrefrigerated. If it is what I think it is, it is vacuum sealed and the grocery stores do not refrigerate them.

      4 Replies
      1. re: MrsJonesey

        The packages were vacuum sealed but the ham is not cooked as what is on that webpage.

        Per Bacardi, the prudent course of action will be to toss the ham rather than sample and toss the cookies. Smithfield concurs, although they said I might taste test it.

          1. re: MrsJonesey

            It's a shame to toss Smithfield, but I tried their loop andouille sausage and it was like spicy hot dog. Not everything with the Smithfield name is golden.

            1. re: chocolatetartguy

              I agree. While I enjoy their country ham products, based on their reputation (not to mention the plethora of their products available at all supermarkets here in VA), I once purchased a package of their smoked turkey drumsticks. Talk about a MAJOR salt-fest. So salty they were literally inedible. Hubby & I each took a bite or too, & that was all we could manage. I ended up tossing them into a pot of homemade split-pea soup - using a LOT of unsalted broth - & that sort of worked. But I'd never buy a Smithfield smoked poultry product again.