Salmon recalled after testing finds Listeria contamination

Seven Seas International USA LLC of St. Petersburg, FL, is recalling 540 cases of Giant Food Private Label sockeye smoked salmon because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

According to the company announcement posted by the Food and Drug Administration, the issue was discovered through routine regulatory testing conducted by the Maryland Department of Health.

The product was distributed by Giant Food in Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Delaware.

Recalled product:

Product name: Giant Private Label Wild Caught Alaskan Sockeye Smoked SalmonUPC: #68826715832Lot code: R4132The Giant Brand Wild Caught Sockeye Smoked Salmon, 4-ounce product is packaged in a fully printed cardboard sleeve with a sleeve window to display the fish.

As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses have been reported.

Consumers who purchased the recalled product are advised to immediately discard and discontinue use of the product, or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any implicated products and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled salmon should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop. 

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses. 

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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