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March 10, 2000

FDA Issues Nationwide Warning Against Consuming Any Royal Baltic Cold-Smoked Fish Products

Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a nationwide warning to consumers against consuming any Royal Baltic, LTD, cold-smoked fish products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This warning covers any Royal Baltic cold-smoked fish product that may remain in consumers' homes or in the marketplace. Earlier recalls of certain Royal Baltic products in November, 1998 and December 1999, and January 2000, and the ensuing FDA investigation, has not identified and corrected the problem.  FDA is issuing this warning as it continues to investigate this matter.

Royal Baltic produces a variety of smoked fish products at its Brooklyn, New York, plant that are distributed nationwide through retail stores. Products include, but are not limited to: Captain (sea bass), Smoked Captain, Variety Pack (salmon, trout, and captain), Salmon, Sea Bass, Turbot, Royal Trout, Lake Trout, Assorted Plate, Smoked Royal Trout, Smoked Turbot, Imperial European Style Smoked Salmon, Smoked Siomga, Assorted Pre-sliced Smoked Fish (siomga, captain, trout), Smoked Trout, and Smoked Lake Trout.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which 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 headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Consumers who have purchased any Royal Baltic cold-smoked fish products should not eat them, but instead return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-385- 8300.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers March 10, 2000.

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