October 29, 1999Do not eat Quality Plus Products
"Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon"
Department of Agriculture warns product may not be stable.
OLYMPIA, WA (SafetyAlerts) - If you have any Quality
Plus Products "Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon," do not eat it - advises the
Washington State Department of Agricluture. Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon is sold in 9
oz. jars. The product was not processed in an approved manner and is not shelf stable. The
jars are labeled "refrigerate after opening," and were sold from
Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon was sold at Food
Pavilion, Fair Market, Thrifty Foods and Cost Cutters in Whatcom, Island, Snohomish and
Skagit counties. The product has been ordered removed from store shelves because Quality
Plus Products did not obtain approval from the Department of Agriculture to produce it.
The jars have no pull dates or lot codes. The
product has been on store shelves since March.
No illnesses have been reported. However,
officials at the state Department of Agriculture are concerned that consumers may have the
product in their refrigerators or cupboards.
Several jars of Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon with
dented or leaky lids were discovered this week by inspectors at the Whatcom County Health
Department. Health Departments in Skagit, Snohomish and Island counties have been
"Improperly canned foods are a common source
of botulism, a toxin that can cause severe illness or even death," said Claudia
Coles, food safety assistant program manager. "You cant always see or smell
botulism, so discard the smoked salmon even if it does not appear to be spoiled."
Food safety officers at Department of Agriculture
are surveying stores to ensure that the Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon has been removed from
store shelves. They are working in cooperation with Whatcom County and surrounding county
Other products sold by Quality Plus Products,
including pickled salmon and vacuum packaged smoked salmon, from the refrigerator case are
not affected by this announcement.
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