With all the preparations needed for holiday dinners, it’s nice to know that what you’ve bought won’t cause any unforeseen illness. With both the recent recalls of cookie dough and lettuce, taking all the extra safety precautions is an absolute necessity in my view. And for those of you planning to serve smoked salmon at one of your upcoming gatherings — or just for dinner — it should be for you too.
According to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Giant Food Private Label Sockeye Salmon has been recalled. The brand’s parent company, Seven Seas International USA, announced this week that a voluntary recall has been issued for 540 cases with immediate effect due to a possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and the elderly or others with weakened immune systems, can also cause symptoms such as high fever, migraines, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Fortunately, the situation came to light during routine regulatory testing conducted by the Maryland Department of Health, and although no illnesses have been reported so far, the company took immediate action.
The smoked salmon product was distributed in Maryland; Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Delaware in 4-ounce printed cardboard packaging with a sleeve window to display the fish. This is a refrigerated item and only the packages with UPC 68826715832 and lot number R4132 (this information can be seen through the window sleeve of the package) are being recalled.
If you are in possession of the recalled packaging, please dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have any further questions or concerns, while both the FDA and the Company continue their investigations to determine the source of the problem, please contact Seven Seas International USA, LLC at 1-888-627-5668 between 9 a.m. . and 5 p.m. EST.
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