An astounding 13,224 pounds of ham-based deli meats have been released into the national market, with surprise "extraneous materials" embedded inside—just in time for Mardi Gras! Unfortunately, though, this is not the creative new take on the king cake—the Fat Tuesday treat with a small plastic baby hidden inside—you may have hoped for; it appears to be a manufacturing mistake and for the time being, you would do best to hold off on ordering ham sandwiches at your deli.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a recall of ready-to-eat, whole hams, which have reportedly been shipped to Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and of course, New York. You will know this insidious ham by its markings: The label reads "MARKET 32 BY PRICE CHOPPER BLACK FOREST HAM with natural juices caramel color added 97% FAT FREE." It was processed on January 25th, and would be stamped with a sell-by date of April 8th. It comes from Sahlen Packing Company, Inc., carries the establishment number EST. 5155, and may contain plastic.

According to the FSIS, Sahlen got wind of the contamination on February 22nd, when someone complained about finding something strange in "a ham product produced for retail deli slicing." Check your refrigerators: If you purchased such a ham, throw it away or return it to wherever you bought it. And unless you know exactly how your bodega sources its luncheon meats, please, just for now, say no to ham!