Smoked Salmon Recalled for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of cold smoked salmon on Monday by Delifish S.A. Listeria was detected in a few of the recalled batches supplied by the seafood distributor. A nationwide voluntary recall is in effect for product lots 249 through 291 that were manufactured between September 5, 2012 and October 17, 2012.

The recalled products were possibly distributed in the following states:  California, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico and reached consumers through retail stores.

Consumers may have already purchased the affected products under the following brand names:

–       Black Bear of the Black Forest Smoked Salmon, one pound package

–       Food Service Cold Smoked Salmon Trim, one pound package

–       Einstein Darn Good, four ounce package

–       Food Service Whole Smoked Salmon Food Service, 2-3 pound, smoked fillets

–       Royal Fjord Smoked Salmon Toppers, six ounce package

–       Royal Fjord Sliced Smoked Salmon Loin, 12-14 ounce package

–       HEB Smoked Salmon Package, four ounce package

There have been no reported illnesses or complaints from Delifish S.A. or Marine Harvest USA to date.

The voluntary recall is carried out as a precautionary measure in cooperation with the FDA and is based on Listeria detection in a few of the recalled batches. No other products supplied by Delifish or Marine Harvest USA are involved in this case.

According to the FDA, “Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

The U.S. FDA has a zero tolerance for Listeria in products, which are intended for consumption without prior heat treatment. In EU, the tolerance limit for such products is maximum 100 bacteria/gram.

Listeria control thus has a very high attention in our company with strict internal standards and routines. We, therefore, take this issue seriously and are taking these measures to assure that products supplied by Delifish are healthy and safe for our customers and consumers.

Consumers with further questions including how to return the affected recalled products for a full refund should contact the seafood company at 1-877-479-8085.

Contact one of our Gacovino Lake attorneys at 1-800-246-HURT (4878).

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