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Listeria Recall – Cold Smoked Salmon

Einstein Bros. issued a recall Monday of a smoked salmon product that the Lakewood, Colo.-based bagel chain sells, saying its supplier notified it of a potential bacteria threat in the food.

Potential Listeria-positive products have been identified and we can confirm that Delifish S.A. has issued a voluntary recall of cold smoked salmon products potentially containing Listeria monocytogenes placed on the market in the USA produced from lots 249 through 291, manufactured between September 5 2012 and October 17, 2012. There have been no complaints or illnesses reported. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Product was possibly distributed in the CA, VA, OH, IL, FL, GA, TX, DE, NJ, NY, PA, and Puerto Rico and reached consumers through retail stores. Under the following brand names Black Bear of the Black Forest Smoked Salmon (1 lb., UPC # 810230000493, Lots = 249 thru 291), Food Service Cold Smoked Salmon Trim 1 lb. Lot #’s = 249 thru 291, Einstein Darn Good 4 oz. Retail package UPC # 099892315200, Lot #’s = 249 thru 291, Food Service Whole Smoked Side 3-5 lb. pack food service Lot# ‘s 249 thru 291, Silver Source Smoked Salmon Foodservice 2-3 lb. smoked fillet Lot# ‘s = 249 thru 291, Royal Fjord Smoked Toppers 6oz, UPC = 810230000561, Lot #’s = 249 thru 291, and Royal Fjord Sliced Smoked Salmon Loin, 12-14 oz. Item # 42925 Lot #’s= 249 thru 291 and HEB 4 oz. smoked salmon Package UPC 041220630417 Lot #’s= 249 thru 291

The voluntary recall is carried out as a precautionary measure in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is based on Listeria detection in a few of the recalled batches. No other products supplied by Delifish or Marine Harvest USA are involved in this case.

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