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Sea Specialties Brand Recalls "4 oz., 8 oz. and 16 oz. Hand Packed Thin Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon" Because of Possible Health Risk
305-621-7600 ext. 143
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Miami, FL -- March 15, 2004 -- Sea Specialties Inc. of Miami, FL, is recalling its 4 oz., 8 oz., and 16 oz. packages of "Sea Specialties Brand Hand Packed Thin Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can be serious and sometimes cause 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.
The recalled "Sea Specialties Brand Hand Packed Thin Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon" was distributed in Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Alabama, California and Pennsylvania in retail stores.
The product comes in 4 oz., 8 oz., or 16 oz. sizes with Sell By August 30, 2004 stamped on the front or on a sticker on the back of the packages.
No illnesses have been reported as a result of this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 4 oz. packages of "Sea Specialties Brand Hand Packed Thin Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon" with a sell by date of August 30, 2004.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled 4 oz., 8 oz. or 16 oz., packages of "Sea Specialties Brand Hand Packed Thin Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon" with a sell by date of August 30, 2004 are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (305) 621-7600 x 143.