If you're preparing a spread for a brunch this weekend, you'll want to pay attention to the latest recall notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This week, the FDA announced that one company was voluntarily recalling its signature products, but the recall has since grown to include nearly all foods they make, which are sold in 20 U.S. states. According to the FDA notice, the foods affected by the recall "were found to be processed under unsanitary condition." Read on to find out what's not safe to eat at the moment.
Banner Smoked Fish, Inc. has recalled 84 of its products.
On June 2, Banner Smoked Fish, Inc. of Brooklyn, New York voluntarily recalled 42 of its smoked fish products "in all package sizes, all package types, and all lots."
Then, on June 3, the company expanded its recall to include salads, pickled fish products, and cream sauce products, adding another 40 products to the recall list. On June 4, two more smoked fishes were recalled by Banner Smoked Fish.
As of June 5, Banner Smoked Fish's website is down. "Sorry, we're doing some work on the site," the homepage reads. "Thank you for being patient. We are doing some work on the site and will be back shortly."
These foods were produced in "unsanitary condition," and could potentially be contaminated with Listeria.
According to the FDA's notice, these fish products could potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. "The problem was discovered through FDA routine inspection," the announcement reads.
Healthy individuals infected with Listeria usually experience relatively mild symptoms, "such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea," the FDA says. But a Listeria infection can cause "serious and sometimes fatal infections" in young children, seniors, and those with weakened immune systems, the FDA notes. It can also result in miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Luckily, no illnesses have been reported as of June 4, the FDA's latest notice says.
The Banner Smoked Fish products in question were sold in 20 states.
The recalled products were distributed and sold in stores in the following 20 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The affected foods may not be branded as "Banner Smoked Fish" products, either—some were distributed and sold under other store brands like Ben Z's, Westside Market, Raskin's, Golden Taste, or Marshall's. A full list is available on the FDA's website.
Anyone with these products should seek a refund.
Consumers who have purchased any of these products made by Banner Smoked Fish are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
You can contact the company directly with any questions at 718-449-1400 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Monday through Friday.