Listeria has been identified as the foodborne bacteria that claims the most lives around the world each year which makes a recent outbreak even more concerning.
A New York company has recalled it’s Herring fillets due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
The Brooklyn based company issued a voluntary recall of the herring fillet products. The www.FoodSafetyNews.com website details the recall:
Prime Food USA of Brooklyn issued a voluntary recall of its Latis brand Herring Fillet “Antalja” in Oil and its Latis brand Herring Fillet in Oil with Spices Tuesday after routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture detected Listeria in a sample of the company’s product.
This is the second recall issued by Prime USA, which imports its products from Latvia, in a month.
In mid-April, the company recalled two other types of herring fillet and as well as salmon fillet slices.
The Latis brand Herring Fillet “Antalja” in Oil subject to the recall is packaged in 7 oz (200 grams) plastic containers marked with a best-by date of “Best before (L): 11.02.2014,” and can also be identified by UPC 4 751004 071607. The Latis brand Herring Fillet in Oil with Spices is packaged in 7 oz (200 grams) plastic containers and marked with a best-by date of “Best before (L): 11.02.2014.” The UPC on this product is 4 751004 079429.
The herring fillets were distributed in New York State.
No illnesses have been connected to the recalled products to date.
Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacteria that is found in water and soil. Vegetables can become contaminated from the soil and animals can also be carriers. Listeria has been found in uncooked meats, uncooked vegetables, unpasteurized milk, foods made from unpasteurized milk and processed foods. Listeria is usually killed by pasteurization and cooking.
There is a chance that contamination may occur in ready-to-eat foods such as hot dogs and deli meats because contamination may occur after cooking and before packaging.
Listeria bacteria can survive refrigeration and even freezing. That’s why people who are at higher risk for serious infections should avoid eating the types of food most likely to contain listeria bacteria.
Symptoms of listeriosis may show up 2-30 days after exposure. Symptoms include mild flu-like symptoms, headaches, muscle aches, fever, nausea, and vomiting. If the infection spreads to the nervous system it can cause stiff neck, disorientation, or convulsions.Be sure to contact your health care provider if you experience any of these symptoms. A blood test can confirm an infection from listeriosis.
Symptoms may begin a few days after you’ve eaten contaminated food, but it may take as long as two months before the first signs and symptoms of infection begin.
If the listeria infection spreads to your nervous system, signs and symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion or changes in alertness, loss of balance and convulsions.
Pregnant women, young children and the elderly are particularly at risk because they have a compromised immune system which makes them vulnerable to the infection.