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NY Fish Inc. Recalls Imperial-European Style Smoked Salmon Over Listeria Risk

Oct 1, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP New York Fish, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, is recalling its I ♥ NY FISH brand IMPERIAL-EUROPEAN STYLE SMOKED SALMON over concerns that the salmon may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  The salmon comes vacuum packed, in three, eight, and 16 ounce and whole sides quantities.  In the smaller quantities, the salmon is delivered sliced on aluminum coated cardboard in a clear plastic, vacuum packed bag with a red, black, and gold sticker label with gold lettering and a small white sticker label that contains the lot numbers.  Whole size quantities are considered “to be weighed at time of sale.”  The packaging indicates lot numbers 513 1340, 514 1340, 515 1340, and 516 1340.

The I ♥ NY FISH brand IMPERIAL-EUROPEAN STYLE SMOKED SALMON was distributed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington, and California to wholesale distributors and retail food stores and has also been found for retail sale in Florida.

This recall is the result of samples of IMPERIAL-EUROPEAN STYLE SMOKED SALMON collected from a retail store in Florida by the Florida State Department of Agriculture, which revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.  As a precaution, the company is recalling I ♥ NY brand IMPERIAL-EUROPEAN STYLE SMOKED SALMON bearing the above lot codes. No other codes are being recalled at this time.  Consumers who purchased I ♥ NY brand IMPERIAL-EUROPEAN STYLE SMOKED SALMON with the recalled lot codes should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with any questions may contact the company at (718) 342-4100.

Listeriosis is a type of food poisoning generated by the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria and is dangerous to the elderly, pregnant women, newborns, those with chronic medical conditions, people with HIV, or those who are undergoing chemotherapy.  Most people experience mild flu-like symptoms—fever, muscle aches, nausea, or diarrhea.  In serious cases, the disease spreads to the nervous system, causing headaches, stiff neck, and convulsions.  In pregnant women, Listeriosis can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.  Listeria lives in soil, stream water, sewage, plants, and food and can easily contaminate dairy and beef products; Listeria thrives in cold environments and can take two months to incubate.

We have long been reporting on the rash of food borne contaminations from Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli, Salmonella, and Botulism, to name a few.  Part of the reason such illnesses are on the rise, is this country’s outdated and under-funded food-surveillance system that has become overwhelmed by the emergence of mega-farms, -distribution centers, and -transporters.   This year alone, Listeria has been the focus of numerous outbreaks in the United States, including products from DBC, Inc., Vita Nova Salmon, Salmolux, Fresca Italia, Whittier Farms, Sea Tac, J&B Meats, Meijer Inc., Chang Farms, Gourmet Boutique, Bright Waters, R&R Alsatian Sausage and Products, Amish Macaroni Salad, Supreme Cuts, Stop and Shop, Piney Ridge Dairy, and Clark and Elaine Duncan's Farm, to name some.

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