Zip International Group Expands Sliced Herring Recall For Listeria

Zip International Group LLC, has expanded its sliced herring recall over potential Listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced.

The expanded recall includes sliced herring fillet (forelka) 330 gram and 600 gram in plastic packaging and with the Best By date of 5/18/2012, which is located on the round side of the packaging. The recalled herring filet was sold to retail grocery stores in New York State and is a product of the Ukraine.

The recall was implemented following routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel in which the recalled herring fillet was found to be positive for the dangerous, sometimes deadly Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

Although no illnesses have been reported, to date, in connection with this problem, it is important to bear in mind that the Listeria pathogen thrives in cold temperatures such as those found in refrigerators. The bacteria also has an extensive incubation period, up to 70 days, according to food borne pathogenic experts.

The firm urges consumers who have purchased the recalled Zip International sliced herring fillet (forelka) to not consume it and to return it to the place of purchase. Zip International Group can be reached at 1.732.225.3600, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday to Friday. Zip International is located at 160 Raritan Center Parkway #6, Edison, New Jersey, 08837.

We previously wrote that the recall involved sliced herring packaged in 330-gram and 600-gram plastic containers that bear a code date of “best before 03/06/2012.”

Listeriosis, the disease caused by the Listeria pathogen, is potentially fatal and 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.

Listeriosis can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns, and can lead to neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.

Vulnerable populations, such as the developing fetus, can suffer serious central nervous system problems, and the infection can prompt premature births, or the death of the fetus via miscarriages and stillbirths. Pregnant women are 20 times likelier to become infected with listeriosis than other populations.

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