Belfast-based fishmongers urgently recall organic smoked salmon range over Listeria health risk

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The UK Food Standards Agency said Ewing Seafoods is recalling some products due to the presence of listeria monocytogenes.

A batch of smoked salmon has been recalled after it contains a bacteria which causes flu-like symptoms.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced that Ewing Seafoods is recalling its Organic Smoked Salmon because it contains Listeria monocytogenes. The Northern Ireland company supply fresh local fish and seafood to Northern Ireland’s top restaurants and hotels.

The disease is more life-threatening for people who are more at risk – those with weaker immune systems, the elderly, pregnant women and infants. In worst cases it can lead to meningitis or death.

The FSA said: “Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

“However, in rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications, such as meningitis.

“Some people are more vulnerable to listeria infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.”

The 100 year-old company started supplying organic smoked salmon to Sainsbury stores in 2016.

The packs concerned are 100g and/or 200g Ewing Seafoods Organic Smoked Salmon, batch number 11823.

No other Ewing Seafoods products are known to be affected.