Listeria found in salmon flakes

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Salmon products manufactured by True North Seafood, sold at supermarket chains Loblaw and Sobeys, are being recalled for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) posted a class 1 recall on its website for True North Seafood’s Smoked Salmon Flake Lemon and Dill Flake Garnish.

The recall relates to October 3rd production from True North Sea foods AFS facility that reached the market, True North Sea food announced on its website. It concerns Size 113g packages, UPC 6071972255, Codes 7838. All best before dates up to and including November 17, 2017. Approximately 107 lbs. of product are involved.

No cases of illness yet
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the product.

Listeria bacteria can cause fever, muscle aches and sometimes nausea or diarrhea, and other complications if spread to the nervous system.

The CFIA is asking people who have purchased this product not to consume it.

Preventative actions
True North Seafood has taken preventative actions. The company has implemented several changes to the procedures, to eliminate the possibility of future contamination.

In their website statement True North Seafood says that extensive testing continues.

‘We engaged outside sources to inspect our processing facilities and our practices and asked our chemical supplier and their microbiologist to visit our facilities to review all our practices and our sanitation techniques.’

True North Seafood, subsidiary of Cooke Aquaculture, is based in Blacks Harbour near the Bay of Fundy. The company manufactures a wide variety of processed and unprocessed seafood products.