Hundreds of Smoked Salmon Cases Are Being Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

published Nov 10, 2022
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With all the prepping that goes into holiday dinners, it’s nice to know that what you’ve purchased isn’t going to cause any unforeseen illnesses. With both the recent cookie dough and lettuce recalls, taking all the extra safety measures is a complete necessity in my eyes. And for those of you who are planning to serve smoked salmon at any of your upcoming gatherings — or just for dinner — it should be for you, too.

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), a recall has been put out for Giant Food Private Label Sockeye Salmon. The brand’s parent company, Seven Seas International USA, announced this week that the voluntarily recall was issued for 540 cases effective immediately due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and elderly people or others with weakened immune systems, can also cause symptoms such as a high fever, migraines, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Thankfully, the situation came to light during routine regulatory testing conducted by the Maryland Department of Health, and although no illnesses have been reported as of yet, the company jumped right into action.

The smoked salmon product was distributed in Maryland; Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Delaware in 4-ounce printed cardboard packaging that features a sleeve window to display the fish. This is a refrigerated item and only the packages with UPC 68826715832 and lot number R4132 (this information can be seen through the window sleeve of the packaging) are being recalled. 

If you happen to have the recalled packaging in your possession, you are strongly urged either discard the product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have any additional questions or concerns, while both the FDA and the company continues their investigation to find the source of the problem, you can contact Seven Seas International USA, LLC at 1-888-627-5668 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. 

Wondering what other recalls and public health alerts have been issued lately from your favorite brands? Check out this page that’s updated regularly to stay in the know.