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Neco Foods Recalls Atlantis Brand Smoked Fish Dip

Mar 24, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP Neco Foods, LLC of Lantana, Florida is recalling 231 cases of seven-ounce, 32-ounce, and five-pound packages of Atlantis Brand SMOKED FISH DIP, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced.

The recalled “Atlantis brand Smoked Fish Dip” was distributed in Florida in the seven-ounce containers through retail stores, in the 32-ounce containers through club stores, and in the five-pound packages through food service distributors. The product is distributed in the following packages:

  • 7 ounce, Atlantis brand, Smoked Fish Dip:  Clear plastic container marked with Lot # 048 on the bottom, with an expiration date of April 23, 2009.  UPC: 0 3469611124 5
  • 32 ounce, Atlantis brand, Smoked Fish Dip:  Clear plastic container marked with Lot # 048 on the bottom, with an expiration date of April 23, 2009. UPC: 0 3469611134 4
  • 5 pound, Atlantis brand, Smoked Fish Dip:  White plastic container marked with Lot # 048 on the lid, with an expiration date of April 23, 2009.  No UPC.  Foodservice distribution, not for retail sale.

Neco Foods has notified all customers and confirmed that all affected product remaining in customer inventory has been removed from store shelves and destroyed.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a returned heat abused shipment of five-pound containers of the product.  No other products have been found to be contaminated, said the FDA.

Consumers who have purchased “Atlantis brand Smoked Fish Dip, Lot # 048,” are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact Neco Foods at 1-561-582-6089 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST.

Listeriosis, the food poisoning generated by Listeria monocytogenes, is particularly dangerous to the elderly, pregnant women, newborns, those with chronic medical conditions, people with HIV, or those undergoing chemotherapy.  In serious cases, the disease spreads to the nervous system, causing headaches, stiff neck, and convulsions.  Listeriosis can also cause meningitis and blood poisoning in immune-compromised individuals.

In pregnant women, listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection.  Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected, with about one-third of listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy; the incidence of listeriosis in newborns is 8.6 per 100,000 live births and the perinatal and neonatal mortality rate (stillbirths and early infant deaths) is 80 percent.

Listeria monocytogenes is responsible for an estimated 2,500 illnesses in the United States annually, with about 200 in every 1,000 cases resulting in death.  Listeriosis can take days, even weeks, to develop and can present in anything from a mild flu-like illness to meningitis and septicemia.

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