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Perona Farms Food Specialties

Daniel Leto (973) - 729-7878
April 2, 1999

Perona Farms Food Specialties Recalls "Smoked Salmon Dip" Because of Possible Health Risks

Perona Farms of Andover, NJ, is recalling its "Smoked Salmon Dip" in 8oz. Packages because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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.

The recalled "Smoked Salmon Dip" in question is lot #0040 with an expiration date 4-22-99. Perona Farms is voluntarily recalling all lots there after as a precautionary measure. The product comes in clear, 8oz., plastic containers and can be identified by the green Perona Farms' Label.

The Golub/Price Chopper - Shoprite, in NY and Wakefern Shoprite in Elizabeth, NJ retail the product. These stores service NY, NJ, PA, CT, VA, DC, and MD. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. the potential for contamination was noted after a scheduled inspection by the New Yor State Department of Agriculture and Markets revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 8oz. containers of Smoked Salmon Dip.

The production of the product has been suspended while the FDA and Perona Farms investigat the source of the problem. Consumers who have purchased the 8oz. Containers of Smoked Salmon Dip are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Perona Farms at 973-729-7878.


The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.