Date PostedApril 12, 2013

Smoked Salmon Contaminated with Listeria

Consumers and food preparation staff should be aware of the risks associated with eating seafood especially when it is ready-to-eat and doesn’t require cooking such as smoked salmon.

Yet another smoked salmon product was recalled last week in North America after it was found that people who consumed the salmon contracted Listeria. Listeria, foodborne bacteria have the potential to make people very sick.

According to a notice on Central-Epicure Ltd. of Toronto, Ontario in Canada issued a voluntary recall of its Atlantic Smoked Salmon Friday citing potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

A similar recall occurred in the USA between November 2012 and January 2013. Now the contamination has occurred in Canada where a cold smoked salmon product was recalled due to a risk of Listeria in February 2012 in British Columbia.

Consumers and workers in the food service and preparation industry should be aware that Listeria is spread because of the way food is stored, handled and consumed which may affect and contribute to listeria contamination. The highest risk foods are ready-to-eat foods and those stored at refrigeration temperature for a long period such as smoked salmon in this case or even ready to eat fruit and vegetables.


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