OLMA-XXI is recalling two smoked fish products for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear.
The fish was distributed through retail stores from December 2015 through October 2016 in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California, Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, and Washington. The recall was a result of routine sampling by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The products are Premium Norwegian Salmon Smoked, Sliced 8 ounce (227 grams). The UPC number is 856687004288, lot #606002, and best by date 02/23/2017. The other recalled product is Salmon, Turbot, Butterfish Smoked, Sliced 8 ounce (227 grams), with UPC number 856687004448, lot #529910, and best by date 10/20/2016. Both items are packaged in a plastic vacuum packed bag.
If you purchased either of these products, do not eat them. Throw them away or take them back to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator and/or freezer, whether the fish was stored, with a mild bleach solution to kill any Listeria bacteria. The bacteria grows at refrigerator temperatures, and freezing doesn’t kill it.
If you ate either of these recalled products, watch yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. Those symptoms include high fever, stiff neck, severe headache, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other symptoms of the flu. Pregnant women can suffer miscarriage or stillbirth if they contract listeriosis, even if they are only mildly sick. If you do get sick, see your doctor.