Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon Recall

Date: March 29, 2011
What: Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon
Why: Listeria monocytogenes contamination
Scope: New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

The Smokehouse of Mamaroneck, New York, is conducting a recall of Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon of various size packages including 4 oz., 8 oz., 16 oz., and random weight sizes, Batch Code 066 only, due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 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.

Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon, code 066, was distributed and sold on March 7, 2011 to retailers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Batch Code 066 (represents Julian date of March 7, 2011) is located on a white label on the rear of gold boards, which are in clear, vacuum packed packages. This is the only batch code affected. The product was also labeled with an EXPIRES ON date of 3/21 (3/21/11). Since the product may be stored frozen, the likelihood exists that the affected code may still be available in consumers’ homes.

Please note that no Listeria illnesses have been linked to any product produced by The Smokehouse.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company has ceased production and distribution of the product as both the FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who purchased Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon with code 066 should not consume it and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (914) 630-4788, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.