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January 11, 2000

Warning Issued Regarding Certain 'Highland Crest Finest Smoked Scottish Salmon'

Albany, NY (SafetyAlerts) - New York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers today warned consumers not to eat certain packages of Highland Crest Finest Smoked Scottish Salmon due to possible Listeria contamination.

Highland Crest Finest Smoked Scottish Salmon in green plastic vacuum packages with the code, "Sell by Jan 25, 00" should not be eaten. A recent sample of this product tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.  Anyone who may have this product in their residences should return it to point of purchase for a refund or discard it.

The product was manufactured by Brookside Products, Maryport, United Kingdom, and imported by Vita Food Products of Chicago, IL.   It was being sold at BJ's Wholesale Club Inc., Riverhead, NY.

The sample was taken by inspectors for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which regularly inspects retail food establishments to ensure proper sanitation.

If consumed the product could cause Listeriosis, a disease which usually causes mild flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals; however, in immuno-compromised individuals, meningitis and blood poisoning can occur.  Pregnant women are also a high-risk group.  Listeriosis can also result in still births.

"When promptly diagnosed by a physician, the disease can usually be successfully treated with antibiotics," Commissioner Rudgers said.

 
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