Monday, July 28, 2008

Listeria monocytogenes Prompts Smoked Salmon Recall

Vita Food Products, Inc., based in Chicago, has recalled packages of Vita Nova Salmon, due to a concern that the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The packages of smoked salmon, which bear a code date on the left end flap of 11/16/08 198, were sold in Kroger stores in the Houston, TX area on or after July 22nd. In addition, 192 packages may have been sold – or are still available for sale – in stores in the Avenol, NJ area.

While there have been no customer complaints received by the company and no known illnesses associated with the recalled product, Listeria monocytogenes is not a microbe to be treated lightly. It grows in conditions of minimal oxygen and at refrigerator temperatures. It has been responsible for miscarriages. In susceptible individuals – the very young, the elderly, the immunocompromised – it can cause serious illness, even death.

If you have purchased a recalled package of Vita Nova Salmon, please return it to the store for a refund, or contact the manufacturer, toll-free, at 1-800-989-8482.

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