California health officials Friday warned consumers not to eat certain packages of smoked salmon manufactured by Santa Barbara Smokehouse after finding listeria at the processing facility and in a package of smoked salmon.
The company has issued a voluntary recall of all cold-smoked salmon manufactured at the Santa Barbara processing plant between March 1 and April 8.
The salmon was vacuum-packed and distributed as both fresh and frozen products, the California Department of Public Health said in a statement.
The recalled smoked salmon was probably sold to wholesale food distributors, airline catering companies and food service distributors, but some product could have been sold to consumers at the retail counter.
Listeria can cause high fever, headache and neck stiffness. Severe illness or even death from the bacteria can occur in infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Pregnant women who are infected with listeria can suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth, premature delivery or infect the newborn baby.
State health officials said they are not aware of any illnesses linked to the recalled smoked salmon.
Batches between 1044 through 3949 were affected, except for those ending in the number 5. The affected fresh product had expiration dates from April 29 to May 6, and the frozen product was produced on or before April 8.
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