November 13, 1998Royal Baltic Ltd. Recalls Smoked Shad
Brooklyn, NY (SafetyAlerts) - The Food and Drug Administration is announcing that Royal Baltic,
Ltd. of Brooklyn, NY is recalling smoked shad because it has the potential to be
contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, 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.
The recalled smoked shad was distributed in vacuum
packaging or as unpackaged and unlabeled whole fish in retail stores in New York,
California, Illinois, Oregon and Washington state. The product recalled includes codes
2710, 2810 and 2910.
No illnesses have been reported to date in
connection with this problem. The potential for contamination was noted after routine
testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets revealed the
presence of Listeria monocytogenes in smoked shad.
Consumers who have purchased Royal Baltic smoked
shad are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. If unpackaged
and unlabeled smoked shad has been purchased, check with the retailer to determine if the
product was Royal Baltic brand. Consumers with questions may contact the company at
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