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N.Y. firm recalls smoked fish from 13 states because of Listeria

Friday, November 4, 2016 15:25
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State inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes in smoked fish from OLMA-XXI Inc. of Brooklyn, spurring the company to recall 10 months of shipments.

The New York company distributed the smoked fish by refrigerated trucks to retailers and warehouses in 13 states from December 2015 through October this year, according to the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

“The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food Safety which revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes,” according to the recall notice.

“Consumers who have purchased the products are urged to return them to OLMA-XXI Inc. for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-675-0706.”

No illnesses had been reported in relation to the recalled fish as of Friday when FDA posted the company’s notice.

Consumers can identify the recalled fish by the following label information:

  • Premium Norwegian Salmon smoked, sliced in 8-ounce vacuum packs with the UPC #856687004288, lot  #606002 and a best-by date of 02/23/2017; and
  • Salmon, Turbot, Butterfish smoked, sliced in 8-ounce vacuum packs with the  UPC #856687004448, lot #529910 and a best-by date of 10/20/2016.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled fish is urged to monitor themselves for Listeria infection, which can take up to 70 days to develop. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy people 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.

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