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
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,
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