Smoked Salmon Recall
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced August 29, 2011 that Vita Food Products Inc. has recalled its Classics Premium Sliced Smoked Atlanta Nova Salmon due to the potential for contamination from Listeria.
In Colorado, the salmon was sold throughout the state at Safeway stores. Safeway has since removed all product from store shelves. However, some consumers still may have some of the salmon in their refrigerators or freezers. They are advised not to consume it but to return it to the place of purchase.
The recalled salmon comes in 4 oz. black packages with a Vita logo centered at the bottom of the package. Each package contains four to five slices of smoked salmon in a vacuum sealed package labeled “SELL BY Dec 15, 2011 01961B” in the window on the front of the package.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 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. Individuals who are experiencing any unusual or severe symptoms such as those described above are advised to go to an emergency room immediately or contact their health care provider for guidance.
To date, no confirmed illnesses or complaints have been reported by customers, although the company is closely monitoring the situation and is asking any person who has purchased the recalled product to call 1-800-989-8482 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CT), Monday through Friday.