July 30, 2003
Schwartz Appetizing Inc. Recalls
Schmaltz Herring, Code 08/06, Because of Possible Health Risk
SCHWARTZ APPETIZING INC. located at 4824 16th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, is
recalling 7 oz. containers of SCHMALTZ HERRING, CODE 08/06, 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 7 oz. containers of SCHMALTZ HERRING were sold to retail customers in
Monroe and Brooklyn, New York, and through the firm?s own retail store.
The product was sold in plastic containers with a stick-on label bearing
code date ?08/06? (on the bottom of the container) and UPC number 7 87434
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was the result of routine sampling by the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) which revealed that the finished product contained the
bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the
product as the FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what
caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased SCHMALTZ HERRING, CODE 08/06, are urged to
return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with
questions may contact the company at 1-718-851-1011.