CAPSER, Wyo. — Some cold smoked salmon products are being voluntarily recalled because they may be contaminated with a bacteria that could potentially cause botulism, “a potentially fatal form of food poisoning,” the United States Food and Drug Administration says.
“Mill Stream Corp. (Sullivan Harbor Farm) of Hancock, Maine is voluntarily recalling ten lots of Cold Smoked Salmon because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death,” the FDA announced on Wednesday, Nov. 6. “Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.”
While the products were not distributed to stores in Wyoming, the FDA says they have been sold online.
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“The smoked salmon products were sold and distributed in ME, MA, VT, RI, NY, CT, PA, NJ, OH, UT, IA, TN, MN,CO,FL, AZ,WI, WA, GA, IL, VA, MI, TX,” the FDA says. “The products sold were through retail, wholesale and online orders.”
Botulism can have the following symptoms:
- general weakness
- trouble with speaking or swallowing
- difficulty in breathing
- weakness of other muscles
- abdominal distension and constipation
“People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention,” the FDA adds.
No illnesses have yet been reported.
“The recall was initiated because the product’s water phase salt (WPS) tested below 3.5%,” the FDA says. “This was discovered upon re-review of laboratory certificates, which were found to have incorrectly reported WPS levels.”
“Labeling instructions state to keep refrigerated at or below 38ºF and that the product may be frozen. Because the WPS is under 3.5% the product must remain frozen until ready to consume. Product stored in the refrigerator after thawing has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.”
The cold smoked salmon was sold between March 6 and Sept. 17.
It was sold in vacuum sealed packages. The FDA says these sizes were sold:
- whole salmon side
- 2 lb.
- 1 lb.
- 8 oz.
- 4 oz.
“The affected product is marked with the following lot numbers marked on the back of the packages: 7049, 7050, 7051, 7052, 7054, 7056, 7058, 7060, 7062, 7066,” the release states. “The affected product was sold frozen by Mill Stream Corp, but may have been thawed by retailers before sale. Consumers who purchased the product frozen are advised to keep it frozen until ready to use and thaw under refrigeration immediately before use.”
“If a consumer has refrigerated product subject to the recall, they should dispose of it immediately even if it does not look or smell spoiled.”