Trans-Ocean Recalls Smoked Salmon


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
September 1, 2008

Trans-Ocean Products recalled its Cracked Pepper Style Smoked Salmon because it may be contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacterium, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced late last week.

The 4-ounce packages of sliced cold-smoked salmon were distributed to three supermarket chains in seven states: Brookshire Brothers in Texas and Louisiana; Price Chopper in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Vermont; and Giant Eagle in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The lot number is 54933-2.

Distribution of the product has been suspended while the FDA and Trans-Ocean investigate the source of the problem.

The Bellingham, Wash., company detected the presence of the bacterium in one package of Cracked Pepper Style Smoked Salmon during routine testing.

No illnesses have been reported. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and occasionally fatal infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems and miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Consumers that purchased the Cracked Pepper Style Smoked Salmon are urged to return it to the supermarket for a full refund.

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