Friday, February 18, 2005
Although healthy persons 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, or the baby may be born with listeriosis.
Tallahassee, FL – Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced that Florida Smoked Fish of Miami is recalling its packages of The Boy’s Farmer Market brand of “Smoked Nova Salmon” 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.
The recalled “Smoked Nova Salmon” was distributed nationwide. The “Smoked Nova Salmon” comes in a clear, plastic wrapped, 1 pound package with a use-by date of 4/24/05, batch 31997. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The contamination was noted after testing by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the “Smoked Nova Salmon.” Production of the product has been suspended while the company continues its investigation as to the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased “Smoked Nova Salmon” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumer with questions may contact Mr. Irvin Norfleet at (305) 621-7600, extension 143.