Haifa Turbot Cold Smoked recalled after testing finds Listeria

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Haifa Smoked Fish of Jamaica, NY is recalling approximately 230 LB OF TURBOT COLD SMOKED 8 OZ PACKAGES LOT # 246, because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the New York State Department of Agriculture which revealed that the finished product contained Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled product was distributed to retail stores in New York and New Jersey.

Recalled products:

The product is packaged in clear plastic with a gold board that contains sliced Turbot fish with a blue label that reads “Haifa Smoked Fish & Caviar Turbot Cold Smoked” Net wt. 8 oz/227g. 
Ingredients: Turbot, Salt and Natural wood smoke. On the back of the board, it will display a sticker that reads “LOT # 246.”

As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses have been reported up to date.

Consumers who have purchased Turbot Cold Smoked 8 oz Package LOT # 246 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

About Listeria infections

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalled product and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for the food poisoning symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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