Smoked Salmon Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

Smoked salmon is being recalled over potential contamination with the Listeria monocytogenes pathogen, a dangerous and deadly food borne contaminant.

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Spence & Co Ltd, of Brockton Massachusetts is recalling Wellsley Farms brand Nova and Spence & Co brand Smoked Trim, as follows:

Wellsley Farms Brand

  • 16-ounce Nova
  • Lot: 6704701
  • Distributed on June 13, 2012
  • Distributed to BJ’S Wholesale Club, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio
  • 576 packs.

Spence & Co Brand

  • 8-ounce Smoked Salmon Trim
  • Lot: 6704701
  • Distributed between June 22-29, 2012
  • Distributed to Krogers and King Soopers in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah
  • 119 packs.

The bacterium was discovered during routine sampling.

The firm advises consumers who have purchased either product to contact the place of purchase for a full refund, or contact the firm’s consumer service number at 1.508.427. 5577, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST).

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled salmon; however, as we’ve long explained, the Listeria pathogen is unique because it thrives in colder temperatures, such as those found in refrigerated environments. Listeria also has an unusually long incubation period—up to 70 days, according to experts. The pathogen also well tolerates heat and dry temperatures, adding further challenges to the pathogen’s eradication and length to expected reporting time frames.

Listeria monocytogenes can lead to the listeriosis infection, a potentially fatal disorder that can cause high fever; severe headache, neck stiffness, abdominal cramps and pain, diarrhea, and nausea, especially in those with weakened immune systems, infants, and the elderly.

Vulnerable populations, such as the developing fetus, can suffer serious central nervous system problems. The infection can also prompt premature births, or the death of the fetus via miscarriage and stillbirth; pregnant women are 20 times likelier to become infected. Listeriosis can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns, and to neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.

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