ZIP INTERNATIONAL GROUP LLC, 160 Raritan Center Parkway #6, Edison, NJ 08837, is recalling Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Net Wt. 15.8 Oz (450g) in plastic packaging because it is has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, 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.
The recalled Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Net Wt. 15.8 Oz (450g) in plastic packaging includes best by date October 12, 2013 (UPC: 4750217602547). The best by date is located on the top of the packaging and was sold to distributors and retail grocery stores in New York State beginning on May 31, 2013 and ending on June 6, 2013. It is a product of Latvia.
The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel found the product to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers who have purchased Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Net Wt. 15.8 Oz (450g) should not consume it, but should return it to the place of purchase.