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Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon Nova Lox Recalled

Jul 11, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP

Salmolux Inc. of Federal Way, Washington—with the knowledge of the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)—is recalling lot # 01418 of its Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon Nova Lox over concerns of a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  The lox is sold in three-ounce, blue packages with lot # 01418 on its rear, white label where the product name, ingredients, and an expiration date are located.  The recalled Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon Nova Lox was distributed in Arizona, California, and Nevada in Von's retail outlets.  The recalled salmon was also distributed to to Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia in Food Lion retail outlets.

After routine testing by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Listeria monocytogenes was found in the three-ounce packages of Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon Nova Lox.  Consumers who have purchased the recalled salmon are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact Salmolux at (253) 874-2026 x214.

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.

This year, Listeria has been the focus of numerous outbreaks, including:  All lot codes and expirations dates for Fresca Italia of Brisbane California’s Burrata cheese; three cases linked to soft cheeses in North Carolina; and four deaths and more sickened in a Massachusetts Whittier Farms dairy outbreak.  In Washington, Ca Rem #1 Ice Cream, SeaTac recalled popsicles; in Minnesota, the Department of Agriculture issued an alert over J&B Meats smoked pork and beef bratwurst; in Michigan, Meijer Inc. pulled 2,184 pounds of frozen entrees; in Rhode Island, the Department of Health issued a warning about infected soy sprouts sold under Chang Farms label; in New York, the Gourmet Boutique recalled about 286,000 pounds of fresh and frozen beef, pork, and poultry products; and, in Georgia, the Department of Agriculture found Listeria in Bright Water Smoked Salmon & Cheese Spread.  R&R Alsatian Sausage and Products recalled beef jerky products; the FDA recalled Amish Macaroni Salad; Supreme Cuts, LLC recalled 87 cases of Off the Cob Fresh Kernel Corn; Stop and Shop recalled four types of chicken; and raw milk from Piney Ridge dairy and Clark and Elaine Duncan's farm was contaminated.  Recently, the FDA directed Hope Food Supply Inc. to shut down and immediately recall all products manufactured from its Texas facility since 2007 due to possible food contaminant risks following Hope’s failure to follow a previous consent decree.


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