Update: Smoked Salmon Recalled for Listeria Contamination
Dec. 13, 2019 – Cold smoked salmon sold in 11 states is being recalled over fears it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to an FDA Recall Notice issued on Tuesday. The recalled salmon was produced by New York-based Catsmo LLC, and sold in vacuum-sealed plastic packages in whole fillets, specialty cuts and sizes of 4 ounces, 8 ounces and 1 pound. All of the recalled items had expiration dates of Dec. 11, Dec. 15 or Dec. 16 of 2019.
Captain K Salmon Filet Recall
September 24, 2019 – Brooklyn, New York-based Euphoria Fancy Food, Inc., has issued a nationwide recall for 7.05 oz packages of “CAPITAN K” salmon over potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. FDA said packages of the recalled salmon are marked with the container code 070519, a best by date of 01/30/20, and UPC code 607059000362.
The problem was discovered after testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture identified the presence of listeria in samples of the product. Anyone who purchased CAPITAN K Salmon Filet affected by the recall should either discard it immediately or return it to the point of purchase for a full refund, FDA said. To date, no listeria infections or other adverse events have been linked to this salmon recall.
Publix Salmon Recall
May 13, 2019 – Publix Super Markets recalled Biltmore brand smoked salmon over potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the FDA. Routine testing by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services identified the presence of listeria in salmon from Seven Seas International LLC USA of St. Petersburg, Florida. Publix initiated the recall immediately upon learning about the contamination, the company said in a press release.
The recalled salmon can be identified by the following label information:
- Product Name: Biltmore Smoked Sockeye Salmon
- GTIN #: 007-36211-88774
- Lot Code/Best By Date: 41 CM/May 23 2019
Whole Foods Sockeye Salmon Recall
January 25, 2013 – Whole Foods Market recalled Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon sold at locations in 12 states over potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. According to an FDA press release, recalled products included:
- Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon (4 oz), cold smoked and diced – Lot Code 7425A2298B – UPC Code 0 99482 40880 0
The recalled salmon was sold in rectangular black and gold vacuum-sealed packages, with the lot code printed on the upper left side of the back of the package. Affected products were sold in Whole Foods Markets in the following states: Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, and Utah.
What is Listeria Monocytogenes?
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that causes a serious infection known as listeriosis. The bacteria is commonly found in soil, water, and on plant material. Animals can carry listeria without appearing ill and can contaminate food of animal origin. Listeria may also be introduced at food manufacturing facilities, resulting in the contamination of food processing equipment and the environment.
CDC estimates that approximately 300 deaths are caused by listeriosis each year in the U.S., most of which occur in pregnant women, newborn babies, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems.
- Severe headache
- Abdominal pain
If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms of listeria may include:
- Stiff neck
- Loss of balance
In babies, symptoms of listeria infection include:
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty breathing
(source: Mayo Clinic)
Follow these steps to reduce the risk of listeria infection when preparing your own food:
- Always cook raw meat thoroughly
- Wash raw vegetables before eating
- Keep uncooked meats separate from vegetables and cooked food products
- Avoid consuming products made with unpasteurized milk
- Wash hands and cooking utensils thoroughly after handling uncooked foods
- Consume perishable and read-to-eat foods as soon as possible
Costco Salmon Recall
October 3, 2012 – Costco Wholesale announced a nationwide recall of smoked salmon products over potential contamination with salmonella, according to the FDA. At least 85 cases of salmonella infections in the U.S. – in addition to more than 200 cases in the Netherlands – were linked to the recalled salmon.
The recall affected the following products:
- Foppen Norwegian Smoked Salmon Slices (12 ounce packages)
- Kirkland Signature Norwegian Imported Smoked Salmon (two 12 ounce packages)
This recall was initiated after the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment determined that contaminated salmon had been traced back to Foppen, a dutch company that sells fish to Costco stores in the U.S.
Salmonella food poisoning is an infection in the lining of the small intestine caused by salmonella bacteria. Contaminated poultry and poultry products are the most common foods associated with salmonella, but if conditions and/or food preparation equipment is unsanitary, any food can become tainted with the bacterium. Signs and symptoms of salmonella infection may include:
- abdominal pain
- muscle pain
Trans-Ocean Sockeye Salmon Recall
November 22, 2011 – Bellingham, Washington-based Trans-Ocean Products, Inc., issued a nationwide recall for “transOCEAN Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon” over potential contamination with listeria. The recalled Sockeye Salmon was distributed to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio. Affected products included:
4 oz. ‘transOCEAN Wild Alaska Sockeye Smoked Salmon’ lot #s 1280W & 1293W
The sliced cold-smoked Sockeye salmon was vacuum packaged in a white and green pouch that bears the name ‘transOCEAN.’ The lot number was located on the back of the package on the right hand margin.
These products were distributed to the following supermarket chains in 6 states:
- Market Basket (Massachusetts and New Hampshire)
- Giant Eagle (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio)
Vita Food Products Smoked Nova Salmon Recall
August 29, 2011 – Vita Food Products of Chicago, Illinois, recalled 4 oz. Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon packages over potential contamination with Listeria. The products were distributed nationwide and had a sell by date of December 15, 2011.
Each unit contained 4 oz. of smoked salmon packaged in a vacuum bag. The sell by date and code of DEC 15 2011 01961B is centered in the window on the front of each package.
Of the 8,088 packages recalled, 7,260 individual retail units were sold at:
- Publix outlets in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama;
- Safeway stores in California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia;
- Meijer stores in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky;
- Vons stores in California;
- Genuardi’s stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey;
- Winn-Dixie stores in Florida;
- Edgewater Produce store in Chicago, IL.
Additionally, 828 individual retail units were either sold or offered for sale at various grocery outlets in Buffalo, NY and Pittsburgh, PA metropolitan areas and Northeast Ohio.
Fresh Market Smoked Salmon Recall
April 27, 2011 – Woodsmoke Provisions, LLC, recalled 40 pounds (160 4 oz. packages) of The Fresh Market Signature Collection Atlantic Smoked Salmon due to possible Listeria contamination. Affected packages were affixed with Lot Code 1459/2, and UPC code 737094000370. FDA said. The recalled fish was sold at The Fresh Market, Inc. stores in AR, FL, GA, IL, KY, MD, NC, OH and TN.
Norwegian Smoked Salmon Recall
March 31, 2011 – Smokehouse LLC of Mamaroneck, New York, recalled PORTIER FINE FOODS Norwegian Smoked Salmon of various size packages including 4 oz., 8 oz., 16 oz. and random weight sizes, Batch Code 066, due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The product was labeled with an “EXPIRES ON” date of 3/21/11. The recalled salmon was distributed and sold on March 7, 2011 to retailers in NY, NJ, CT.
Alaskan Salmon Recall
November 10, 2010 – The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation requested the recall of a batch of Santa’s Smokehouse smoked salmon from a Fairbanks producer after the agency found a shipment contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Affected products included half-pound bags of Cajun-Style Smoked Keta Salmon sold between Aug. 27 and Nov. 6, 2010. The department found listeria in a batch sold at the company’s retail stores. The Santa’s Smokehouse brand is produced by Interior Alaska Fish Processors, Inc.
Do I Have a Salmon Recall Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in salmon recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a food poisoning illness after eating recalled salmon products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and our attorneys can help.