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Wild smoked salmon product recalled after Listeria fears

Western Family Original Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon Nuggets recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

By SeaWestNews

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling a brand of wild smoked salmon due to the risk of it being contaminated with Listeria.

In a statement, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced the recall of Western Family Brand, Original Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon Nuggets, from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Anybody who owns the product is urged not to consume the salmon nuggets, and is advised to throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased from.

While there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product, the risk of Listeria contamination is serious.

CFIA reports that food that is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell bad, but can still make you ill. Symptoms of the bacteria can include vomiting, nausea, fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.

The product has been sold in Alberta and British Columbia, but could have also been distributed in other provinces or territories.

This is the latest product to be recalled due to a Listeria risk, after Ryki brand gouda cheese slices were recalled in Ontario and Eat Smart’s Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Bags were recalled earlier this month.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled product should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.


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