Vita Food Products of Chicago, Ill. is now recalling 4 oz. Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon packages because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products in question were distributed nationwide and can be identified with a sell by date of December 15, 2011. Consumers who have purchased any recalled salmon products are being advised to discard them immediately and contact a doctor if symptoms of food poisoning appear.
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What’s the problem?
August 26, 2011 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois is currently recalling 8,088 individual retail packages of 4 oz. Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon because of the potential for Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The products in question can be identified by a black package that bears the Vita logo centered at the bottom. Each unit contains four ounces of smoked salmon that are contained in a vacuum sealed package. 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 being 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 are being offered for sale at various grocery outlets in Buffalo, NY and Pittsburgh, PA metropolitan areas and Northeast Ohio.
If you have purchased any of these products, you should not consume them. Discard them immediately or return to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you are experiencing any unusual or severe symptoms after consuming salmon identified in this recall, the FDA advises you to go to an emergency room or contact your physician for advice.
Facts About Listeria Food Poisoning
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately 300 deaths are caused by listeriosis each and every year, the majority of which occur in pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and those with otherwise compromised immune systems. Signs and symptoms typically appear around three weeks after ingestion, and may include:
- muscle aches
- diarrhea (which may or may not be bloody)
If the infection spreads to the central nervous system, symptoms can include:
- stiff neck
- loss of balance
How to Prevent Listeria Outbreaks
To prevent a listeria infection, follow these simple food safety guidelines:
- keep things clean – wash hands, utensils, cutting boards and other food preparation surfaces thoroughly with warm, soapy water before and after handling food.
- wash raw vegetables – clean raw vegetables with a scrub brush under running water.
- cook food thoroughly – use a food thermometer to make sure all meat dishes are cooked to a safe temperature.
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