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Haifa Smoked Fish, Inc is voluntarily recalling Haifa Smoked Fish brand Cold Smoked Whitefish sold between December 7, 2008 and June 18, 2009 Because of Possible Health Risk
HaifaSmoked Fish, Inc,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 10, 2009 - Haifa Smoked Fish, Inc is voluntarily recalling all Haifa Smoked Fish brand Cold Smoked Whitefish sold between December 7, 2008 and June 18, 2009. The product is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria monocytogenes is 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.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The recalled product was distributed to retailers and distributors in the New York State area. Consumers could possibly purchase the product through retail stores outside the New York State area.
The recalled product required refrigeration at 38F or below until consumed. It is packaged in either air-packed or vacuum-packed plastic wrap. It contains a label bearing UPC number 832007000263. The packages do not bear any lot codes. The recalled product is sold by weight.
Consumers who have purchased Haifa Smoked Fish brand Cold Smoked Whitefish sold between December 7, 2008 and June 18, 2009 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-523-889, Monday thru Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and on Fridays until 3pm Eastern Time.