June 26, 2003
Blue and White Food Products Corp.
Recalls Sabra Smoked Whitefish Salad Because of Possible Health Risk
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Blue & White Food Products,
24-20 49th Street, has recalled its 7-ounce plastic containers of Sabra
Smoked Whitefish Salad because they have the potential to be contaminated
with Listeria monoctyogenes, 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 persons 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 Sabra Smoked Whitefish Salad was distributed to retail stores
in the NY, NJ and CT area. The product comes in 7-oz. plastic containers
marked with the code 071803.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine sampling by NYS
Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors revealed the presence of Listeria
monocytogenes in some 7-ounce containers of Sabra Smoked Whitefish Salad.
Production of the product has been suspended while the company continues
their investigation as to the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased 7-ounce packages of Sabra Smoked Whitefish
Salad are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-932-9000.