Whole Foods recalls smoked salmon after Listeria scare

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling some 4-ounce Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon because it may be contaminated with Listeria.

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling one lot code of 4-ounce Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, cold smoked and sliced, after a sample tested positive for listeria.

The lot code for the recalled smoked salmon is 7425A2298B. The UPC code is 0 99482 40880 0.

The recalled sockeye was being sold in Whole Foods stores in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Utah.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause a sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headaches, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled salmon is sold in black-and-gold, flat, rectangular vacuum-sealed packages, according to a picture released by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Whole Foods said in its recall notice that no illnesses have been reported.

The FDA recall notice asks customers to throw the product in the garbage and wash their hands immediately to avoid any potential cross-contamination. Full refunds will be given at the store. For more information on the recall, call (512) 542-0060.

Smoked salmon recalls spiked during the last two months of 2012, when products were recalled in five multistate markets for the same problem.

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