The Washington State Department of Health announced a food safety recall on Monday for dozens of Banner Smoked Fish products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. Food contaminated with this bacterium may lead to a Listeriosis infection. Healthy individuals with Listeriosis may experience mild symptoms like headaches and fevers. Vulnerable populations such as children, pregnant women, and the elderly are at greater risk for more serious or fatal infections.
The recalled smoked fish products were carried by distributors and retail stores across Washington, and have been sold online to consumers in the state. The products were processed under unsanitary conditions and discovered through a routine Food and Drug Administration inspection. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue, but state and federal health officials are urging consumers who have purchased these items to return them for a refund.
The products include a large list of smoked fish items produced by Banner Smoked Fish, Inc. The full list of recalled products is included below. Questions should be directed to Banner Smoked Fish, Inc. at 718-449-1400.
The products come in various sizes in both air-pack and vacuum packages. The lot numbers or sell by dates are placed on the back of the packages. You can see the full list of potentially contaminated products, see the expanded company announcement, and read additional information on the FDA website here.