Food safety inspectors conduct recall on Vita Classic salmon

Recall on Vita Classic salmon (Source: Alabama Department of Agriculture)
Recall on Vita Classic salmon (Source: Alabama Department of Agriculture)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Consumer Food Safety Inspectors are conducting recall effectiveness checks on 1,878 pounds of Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.

Vita Food Products, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois is notifying the public that it is recalling over a thousand pounds of the salmon due to contamination.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may suffer short-term symptoms like high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths. No confirmed illnesses or complaints have been reported to date.

The salmon was sent to Hannaford stores in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, H-E-B stores in Texas and Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina beginning on April 7.

A single lot of four ounces of Vita Classic salmon is the subject of this recall because one package of salmon tested positive for Listeria by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The packages are vacuum sealed, black and have the Vita logo centered at the bottom. Products from the lot will have a 'SELL BY AUG 17 2014' date and a lot number '00764B,' which will be on the right side of the front of the package. The four ounce size is the only size being recalled.

Consumers who have purchased the product with the mentioned sell date and lot number may request a refund by mailing the product label or a copy of the receipt to Vita Food Products, Inc. Attn: Customer Service, 2222 West Lake Street Chicago, Illinois 60612. Consumers may also call (800) 989-VITA Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central).

If you have consumed the Vita salmon and have experienced any of the symptoms described, go to an emergency room immediately or contact a physician.

The recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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