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.