October 26, 2003
Royal Baltic LTD. Recalls Smoked or Cured Fish
Products Because of Possible Health Risk
ROYAL BALTIC LTD. of Brooklyn, New York is recalling the following Royal
Baltic brand fish products:
(1) Approximately 4500 lbs. of IMPERIAL-EUROPEAN STYLE SALMON, BULK WEIGHT,
CODES STARTING WITH NUMBERS 129xxxx THROUGH 203xxxx;
(2) 1620 jars of HERRING IN OIL in glass jars, NET WT. 16 OZS. (1 LB.),
CODES 2140803 and 1740623; and
(3) approximately 454 packages of SALMON, SEA BASS, 8 OZ. VARIETY PACK,
CODES "0521", or "PROD DATE 21 05 2003", "BEST BEFORE 21 09 2003". The
symbol "xxxx" is used as a substitute for the actual dates in the package
The above products have 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 above products/codes were distributed to retail stores in New York, New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia,
and Maryland. Distribution also included one distributor in New Jersey who
further shipped the Salmon, Sea Bass Variety Pack to the former Soviet
No illnesses have been reported to date.
This recall action is the result of FDA's notification that sampling and
inspections revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.
Consumers who have purchased the above products and codes are urged to
return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with
questions may contact the company at (718) 385-8300.