On March 29th, 2011, the Smokehouse LLC conducted a voluntary recall of Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon in varoius package sizes due to some potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
What should you know about this recall?
This voluntary recall included various size packages of this smoked salmon, including 4 oz., 8 oz., 16 oz. and random weight sizes, Batch Code 066 only, due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes 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. Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon with code 066 was distributed and sold on March 7, 2011 to retailers in NY, NJ, CT.
It can be identified by the Batch Code 066 (represents Julian date of March 7, 2011)which is located on a white label on the rear of gold boards, which are in clear, vacuum packed packages. This is the only batch code affected. The product was also labeled with an “Expires On” date of 3/21 (3/21/11). Since the product may be stored frozen, the likelihood exists that the affected code (066) may still be available in consumers’ homes.
Please note that to date, no Listeria illnesses have been linked to any product produced by The Smokehouse LLC. This recall was the result of a routine sampling by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The company has ceased production and distribution of the product as both the FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem. We are taking this action as a precautionary measure and are working with the FDA.
What should you do if you are in possession of this product?
Consumers who have purchased Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon with code 066 should not consume it and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-914-630-4788 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT. Additional information can also be found at the Food and Drug Administration website.