A large Lower Mainland seafood processor has recalled a smoked-salmon product because of possible bacterial contamination.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced today that the July 25 recall of Western Family brand Original Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon Nuggets was triggered by Delta Pacific Seafood Limited because of fears that the product may have been tainted by Listeria monocytogenes, a human pathogen that can cause the serious and potentially fatal disease listeriosis.
The product is sold as ready to eat and unfrozen.
Although there have been no reported cases of illness associated with the product, consumers are being asked to dispose of it or return it to where it was purchased.
People most at risk from listeriosis are pregnant women, newborns, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of illness can include severe headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, and fever. Rare cases can lead to meningitis or sepsis and can cause death.
Although listeriosis is usually connected to unpasteurized dairy products, it can be caused by contaminated deli meats, hot dogs, raw chicken, and other foods. Two recent fatalities in Australia, both of seniors, were believed to have been caused by smoked salmon.
The package size of the smoked salmon is 150 grams, the Universal Product Code is 0 62639 35065 9, and the codes on the product are 11720516 and 11720517.