Santa Barbara Smokehouse has initiated a voluntary recall of two batches of cold-smoked salmon manufactured in August and September 2014, and all cold-smoked salmon packed between December 17 and 24, 2014. This after learning of a potential risk for listeria contamination from product-surveillance and environmental samples collected at the processing facility.
No illnesses have been associated with the recalled products at this time. However, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman warned consumers on Friday not to eat certain Santa Barbara Smokehouse cold-smoked salmon products due to possible Listeria contamination.
CDPH and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are currently investigating Santa Barbara Smokehouse.
Other brands that may have also been packed during this time frame include: Fresh & Easy, Tetsujin and Imperial House. CDPH also recommends that anyone in possession of those products with those pack dates place the product into a garbage bag and put it in the trash.
Symptoms of Listeria infection may include high fever, headache and neck stiffness. Infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for severe illness and death. Listeria infection in pregnant women can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth, premature delivery or infection of the newborn baby. The CDPH website has more information about Listeria infection.
CDPH recommends that consumers who feel sick after eating cold-smoked salmon products consult their health care provider. Consumers who see cold-smoked salmon manufactured by Santa Barbara Smokehouse being sold are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll-free complaint line at 800-495-3232.