Smoked Salmon Recalled for Listeria Risk

The Smokehouse, LLC of Mamaroneck, New York, has recalled its Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon in different sizes, including 4, 8, and 16 ounce packages and random weight sizes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The recall was initiated over concerns that the fish is potentially contaminated with the dangerous <"">Listeria bacteria.

Only Batch Code 066 of the recalled smoked salmon is involved over potential Listeria contamination. This recalled batch was distributed and sold on March 7, 2011 to retailers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and Batch Code 066 represents the Julian date of March 7, 2011. The code is located on a white label on the rear of gold boards, which are in clear, vacuum packed packages. The product was also labeled with an “EXPIRES ON” date of 3/21 (3/21/11).

Since the product may be stored frozen, the likelihood exists that the affected code (066) may still be available in consumers’ homes.

To date, no illnesses involving the Listeria pathogen have been linked to any product produced by The Smokehouse LLC; however, it is important to note that foodborne illnesses can take some time to manifest.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling by the FDA. Since, The Smokehouse has stopped production and distribution of the smoked salmon while it and the agency investigate the origin of the contamination.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon with code 066 should not consume it and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

As we’ve long explained, for susceptible populations and the elderly, food poisoning infection with the
Listeria pathogen can cause significant illness linked to issues with the central nervous system as well as the developing fetus and placenta. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause Listeriosis, a potentially fatal foodborne Illness.

While healthy people rarely contract Listeriosis, the symptoms of Listeria poisoning are high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramps and pain, and diarrhea. Listeria monocytogenes reportedly infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500.

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 can prompt neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults, as was revealed in a recent study.

The Smokehouse can be reached at 1.914.630.4788, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

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