July 2, 2003
Pacific Smoking Co. Voluntarily
Recalls Pacific Seafood Northwest Style Smoked Salmon Because of Possible
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
said that Pacific
Smoking Co. of Salem, Oregon, is voluntarily recalling 222.44 pounds of
Pacific Seafood Northwest Style Smoked Salmon, 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.
Pacific Seafood Northwest Style Smoked Salmon was distributed in Oregon,
Washington, Idaho, Montana, and California, through food service and retail
outlets. The smoked salmon is vacuumed packaged in approximate one half to
one pound packages. On the back of each package there is an orange sticker
with the lot numbers 052922, 092903.
No illnesses relating to this product have been reported to date. The
potential for contamination was noted after routine FDA testing revealed the
presence of Listeria monocytogenes in retail packs of smoked salmon.
Consumers who have purchased Pacific Seafood Northwest Smoked Salmon should
return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers w/
questions may contact the company at 503-905-4446.