Listeria in Ossie’s Schmaltz Herring

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets just announced that MS Fish Corporation located in Brooklyn, New York, is recalling its Ossie’s Schmaltz Herring due to <"">Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The problem was discovered after routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and by subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel in which the product was found to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Ossie’s Schmaltz Herring is packed in a 12-ounce plastic container coded 2/0311. It is a product of USA and was distributed throughout New York State.

Consumers who have purchased Ossie’s Schmaltz Herring should not consume it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Ossie’s Schmaltz can be reached at 1.347.533.8200.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause Listeriosis, a potentially fatal disease. While healthy people rarely contract Listeriosis, the infection can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeriosis is known to result in serious, sometimes fatal, infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, persons with HIV infection, and those undergoing chemotherapy.

In pregnant women, Listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection. Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected; listeriosis can kill fetuses, prompt premature births, and can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns and neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults. Listeria monocytogenes infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500.

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