July 21, 2005
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled smoked salmon that was sold under the brand names Imperial Salmon House, Superior Brand Norwegian Cure and Golden Eagle Smoked Salmon because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The packages were produced on June 13, and have a shelf life of three to four months if maintained in an unopened frozen state, and four days if refrigerated. The salmon was sold in individual 2 to 4 lb. packages labeled: “Processed by Hickory House, Hialeah, FL 33016”, “21555, Product of the USA”, “keep frozen until ready to use.”
The salmon was sold in Florida, Georgia, New York and Virginia, the FDA said.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can be serious and sometimes cause 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.
If you experience the symptoms listed above, you should contact your health care provider. No illnesses have been reported to date, the FDA said.
Consumers who purchased the salmon are urged to destroy it. Questions may be directed to the recalling firm, Golden Eagle Smoked Foods, Inc., DBA Hickory House, Hialeah, FL 33016 at (305) 512-5900.