January 11, 2000Warning 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
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
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