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Recall Expanded on Cold Smoked Salmon Due to Listeria Risk

As precautionary measure, Delifish has decided to expand the voluntary recall to include cold smoked products related to Julian dates 235 to 345, the previous voluntary recall included cold smoked products related to Julian dates 249- 291. There have been no new detections on products placed on the market in relation to this expansion.

The expansion means that all cold smoked products that have been produced in the same period as the product type which initially tested positive in the U.S.A. are now voluntarily recalled. The decision is taken in agreement with the FDA and is carried out as a precautionary measure.

There have been no complaints or illnesses reported. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Product was possibly distributed in the CA, NC, VA, OH, MA, IL, FL, GA, TX, DE, NJ, NY, PA, WA and Puerto Rico and reached consumers through retail stores. Under the following brand names Food Service Cold Smoked Salmon Trim 1 lb. Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 6oz Royal Fjord Smoked Toppers, UPC = 810230000561, Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, and Royal Fjord Sliced Smoked Salmon Loin, 12-14 oz. Lot #’s= 235 thru 345 and 5 lb. cold smoked pieces Lot #’s= 235 thru 345, Royal Fjord 5 oz. rounds UPC= 810230000127, Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 4 oz. New England Smoked Salmon UPC = 810230000066 Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 3oz Pacific Supreme UPC # 058138102448 Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 20oz Sam’s UPC# 073030805167 Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 2 – 3lb Icy Point NO UPC Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 8oz Lassco Select Gourmet UPC # 072840017081 Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 3oz Bacon Lascco UPC #072840017036 Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 5lb Natural Trimming NO UPC Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 4lb Trimming with preservatives NO UPC Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 6oz Party Platter NO UPC Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 16oz Nova (Wheel) UPC # 072840007273 Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 4oz Nova Lascco UPC #072840017050 Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 8oz Nathans UPC # 073030803699 Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, 3oz Nathans UPC # 073030803682 Lot #’s = 235 thru 345, and 4oz 3 Star UPC # 072840017517 Lot #’s = 235 thru 345.

The voluntary recall is carried out as a precautionary measure in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is based on Listeria detection in a few of the recalled batches. No other products supplied by Delifish (a business unit of Marine Harvest USA) are involved in this case.

Listeria control thus has a very high attention in our company with strict internal standards and routines. We therefore take this issue seriously and are taking these measures to assure that products supplied by Delifish are healthy and safe for our customers and consumers. The USA FDA has a zero tolerance for Listeria in products intended to be eaten without prior heat treatment. In EU the tolerance limit for such products is maximum 100 bacteria / gram.

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If you or a family member became ill with a Listeria infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Listeria attorneys for a free case evaluation.