Listeria Prompts Smoked Salmon Recall

Service Smoked Fish Corp. of Brooklyn, New York, is recalling specific “Use-By” dates and lot codes of “Brooklyn’s BEST” brand SMOKED NOVA SALMON because they have the potential to be contaminated with <"">Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

Listeriosis can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. 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, with about one-third of all Listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy.

Listeria is responsible for an estimated 2,500 illnesses in the United States annually, with about 200 in every 1,000 cases resulting in death. Listeria infection can take days, even weeks, to develop and can present in anything from a mild flu-like illness to meningitis and septicemia.

The recalled “Brooklyn’s BEST” brand SMOKED NOVA SALMON was distributed in the greater New York area, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the areas of Baltimore, Maryland; Los Angeles, California; and Portland, Oregon. Consumers may have purchased the product from retail food stores.

The recalled “Brooklyn’s BEST” brand SMOKED NOVA SALMON was vacuum-packed in clear, plastic bags of various size packages including 3 oz., 4 oz., 8 oz., 12 oz., 16 oz., and random weight sides with the brand name “Brooklyn’s BEST” appearing on a circular label inside the vacuum bag. A “Use-By” date appears on the bottom of the gold board. Units with “Use-By” dates of 12/03/09 through 12/19/09 are being recalled. The product was also air-packed in bulk boxes. Air-packed units with lot numbers 060 through 043 are being recalled. No other use-by dates or lots numbers are involved in this recall. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with consumption of this product.

This recall is the result of samplings by the FDA, which revealed that the finished products contained the Listeria pathogen. Service Smoked Fish Corporation has ceased the production and distribution of the recalled Smoked Nova Salmon and the FDA and Service Smoked Fish continue investigation the cause of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the above “Use-By” dates or lot codes of “Brooklyn’s BEST” brand SMOKED NOVA SALMON are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-388-4067, Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, Eastern Time.

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