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January 10, 2000

Royal Baltic, Ltd Expands Recall of Various Smoked Fish Products

Brooklyn, NY (SafetyAlerts) - Royal Baltic, Ltd. is expanding its December 23, 1999, recall of various smoked fish products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that 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 headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recall has been expanded to cover the following products and lots:

  • Assorted Plate in 8 oz. and 16 oz. packages containing Siomga, Captain (Sea Bass), and Trout: Codes 411 though 912, distributed from 11/4/99 through 12/9/99.
  • Smoked Captain (Sea Bass) in 0.5 lb. packages: Codes 410 through 2211, distributed from 10/4/99 through 11/22/99.
  • Smoked Royal Trout in 3 oz. and 8 oz. packages: Codes 511 through 1211 distributed from 11/5/99 through 11/12/99.
  • Smoked Turbot in 0.5 lb. packages: Codes 1611 through 2911, distributed from 11/16/99 through 11/29/99.
  • Smoked Turbot in bulk form with Code 1511 distributed from 11/17/99 through 12/9/99.
  • Imperial European Style Smoked Salmon in 3 oz. and 8 oz. packages : Lots 911 through 2211, distributed from 11/9/99 through 11/22/99.
  • Lake trout in 0.5 lb. packages: Codes 226 through 267, distributed from 6/22/99 through 7/26/99.
  • Lake trout in bulk form: Code 226, distributed from 6/24/99 through 7/2/99
  • Lake trout in variety pack 0.5 lb. and 1 lb. sizes: Codes 97 through 157 distributed from 7/9/99 through 7/15/99.
  • Smoked Captain (Sea Bass) bulk pack, Lot #1111 distributed on 11/11/99.
  • Lake Trout bulk pack, Lot #2710, distributed on 11/1/99.
  • Smoked Siomga, Lot 2710, distributed from 10/27/99 through 11/12/99.

These products were distributed nationwide through retail stores.

The source of the Listeria contamination found in some lots of Royal Baltic's smoked fish has not yet been identified. The FDA is continuing to investigate this matter.

Consumers who have purchased any of the above products should not eat them, but instead return them to place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-385-8300.

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