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Mill Stream Ordered to Destroy Salmon due to Listeria monocytogenes

Salmon-Listeria-cold-smoked.jpgMill Stream Corp., a Maine food processing and storage company destroyed its cold smoked salmon product under the supervision of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes within the firm’s facility and on processing equipment.

Based on conditions FDA investigators ordered an administrative detention of the firm’s cold-smoked salmon product, a ready-to-eat food, during an inspection in December 2011. Once the food was detained, Mill Stream Corp. agreed to voluntarily destroy the cold-smoked salmon, under FDA supervision.

No illnesses have been reported to date

The FDA may order the detention of food when an investigator has a reason to believe that the food is adulterated or misbranded. Food subject to an FDA detention order may not be moved, without agency permission, until the agency releases it or the detention order expires. A detention order may remain in place for up to 30 days.

  • Art Davis

    MILL STREAM ORDERED TO DESTROY SALMONELLA DUE TO LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES
    POSTED ON 2012-01-25 00:20:32-05
    You might want to do a quick proof read on the lead in to this note. I have to admit that an order to destroy Salmonella due to Listeria Monocytogenes did catch my eye!!

  • Domenic

    I was amused by that as well Art. However, this finding is consistent with some concerning results we had with some environmental and prepared product samples of BC smoked salmon in a survey we did with the BC Centre for Disease Control. The results were presented at the BCFPA Symposium last November and are to be published soon. The Readers Digest version – dairy plants, prepared/smoked meats yielded very low % positives, while fish plants (especially smoked salmon) had higher % positives. Wonder if the design of fish plants has something to do with these results?

  • Ok, OK – I did catch it after it was posted and corrected it.