No illnesses have been linked to either recall. The first recall was issued on January 8. About a dozen brands of cold smoked salmon were recalled, including some products sold at Whole Foods grocery stores.
Today’s recall includes all smoked salmon produced from May 1st until April 8th and sold under the following brand-names:
- Cambridge House
- Coastal Harbor
- Harbor Point
- North Shore S.F. Specialty
- Channel Islands
- Santa Barbara
The products are marked with best-by dates between April 29th through May 6th, 2015. Frozen products produced before April 8th could also be contaminated, according to the company.
Santa Barbara Smokehouse says it has has “tested and received certificates of analysis showing negative results for products in question during that time period,” and they are calling the recall precautionary.
The previous recall was issued after Listeria was found on food contact surfaces. Once the bacteria gets into a food processing facility, it is often difficult to eradicate. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria grows under refrigeration temperatures. The risk is also higher for products that are eaten without being cooked, such as smoked salmon.
The FDA warns about life-threatening complications of infection with Listeria:
“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.”
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