One popular seafood product has just been pulled from grocery store shelves due to a potential listeria contamination.
On Nov. 8, the FDA announced that Florida-based food manufacturer Seven Seas International USA, LLC has recalled 540 cases of Giant Food Private Label Sockeye Smoked Salmon. According to the agency, the problem with the product was detected during routine regulatory testing conducted by the Maryland Department of Health.
The 4-ounce packages of smoked salmon are packed in a fully printed cardboard sleeve with a clear window displaying the fish, and they bear the UPC code 68826715832 and lot number R4132. The affected items were sold to stores in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
Although no illnesses have been reported so far, the FDA encourages those who still have the recalled product in their homes to throw it away or return it to its place of purchase for a full refund. The FDA and Seven Seas International USA are currently investigating what caused this issue.
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Symptoms of an infection can include high fever, severe headache, muscle stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. It can also cause "serious and sometimes fatal infections" in young children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.
Consumers with additional questions about the recall may call Seven Seas International USA at 1-888-627-5668 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST.
Unfortunately, the smoked salmon isn't the only item to be removed from stores recently. On Oct. 29, Foster Farms, a poultry company with products sold at Costco, recalled almost 148,000 pounds of its fully cooked frozen chicken breast patties after consumers reported the presence of hard, clear plastic pieces in the product. There have been no reports of illness or injury associated with the consumption of this frozen food.