Listeria is rare but dangerous
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: The FDA posted this recall Tuesday, eight days after Publix announced it. According to the FDA recall notice, the salmon was sold only at Publix stores in Florida.
One lot of Biltmore Smoked Sockeye Salmon has been recalled over listeria concerns, Publix announced on its website.
“The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the Florida Department of Agriculture, which revealed that some of the finished product samples tested positive for the bacteria,” the FDA notice said. “Seven Seas and Publix out of an abundance of caution have decided to voluntarily remove all of the Biltmore Smoked Salmon of this particular production code. All subsequent production codes were tested and found not to contain the bacteria
Publix’s recall notice said. “Consumers who have purchased this product are being advised not to consume it and return it to the store where it was originally purchased for a full refund.”
This recall covers lot No. 41CM with a best by date of May 23, 2019. Customers with questions can call Biltmore’s manufacturer, Seven Seas International at 888-627-5668.
Listeria strikes about 1,600 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, killing about 260. The most vulnerable to listeria’s worst effects are children under the age of 5, senior citizens and those with damaged immune systems. In pregnant women, miscarriages and stillbirths can result.