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Pacific Smoking Co. Recalls Pacific Seafood Northwest Style Smoked Salmon
Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Salem, OR -- June 5, 2003 --- Pacific Smoking Co.
of Salem, Oregon, is recalling 433.55 pounds of Pacific Seafood Northwest Style
Smoked 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. 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.
Pacific Seafood Northwest Style Smoked Salmon was distributed in Washington
and Oregon through food service and retail outlets. The smoked salmon is vacuumed
packaged in approximate one half to one pound packages. Each package has an
orange sticker with the lot numbers 033121, 073103.
No illnesses relating to this product have been reported to date. The potential
for contamination was noted after routine FDA testing revealed the presence
of Listeria monocytogenes in retail packs of smoked salmon.
Consumers who have purchased Pacific Seafood Northwest Smoked Salmon should
return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers w/
questions may contact the company at 503-905-4446.