Health Alert: Some Smoked Salmon Products Contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella Bacteria

Health Alert: Some Smoked Salmon Products Contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella

According to the Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, the following smoked salmon products are potentially contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella bacteria:

Strubs Danish Style Smoked Grav-Lox Atlantic Salmon

  • Salmon Bits
  • Ready to eat
  • 300g packages
  • Product code: 09262011

Strubs Norwegian Style Steelhead Salmon

  • Sliced smoked
  • Gold tail
  • Ready to Eat
  • 200g packages
  • Keep Frozen Prior to Use
  • Product code: 09192011

Strubs Deli Choice

  • Smoked Salmon Bits
  • Gold tail
  • Ready to Eat
  • 300g packages
  • Product code: 09192011 and 09262011

The originating processing plant for these products is in Toronto.

However, the extent of the distribution of the products across Ontario is unknown.

Although there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health makes the following warnings and recommendations:

  • do not consume these smoked salmon products;
  • any of the above salmon products in your home must be discarded or returned to the retailer or the food supplier;
  • if they are to be returned to the supplier, the products should be clearly marked and kept separate from other food products until they are returned;
  • if you are unsure or can’t identify the product code, do not consume

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause Listeriosis and:

  • time from exposure to Listeria until symptoms develop ranges from three days to 70 days, exhibiting
  • mild flu-like illness, and symptoms include:
    • vomiting,
    • nausea,
    • cramps,
    • severe headache,
    • constipation or
    • fever
    • more severe illness may result in meningitis and blood infection in newborns and adults; those highly susceptible are newborns, the elderly, pregnant women, and persons whose immune systems are compromised.
  • in pregnant women, infection can cause:
    • preterm delivery,
    • spontaneous abortion,
    • stillbirths and
    • fetal infection.
  • In newborn babies, symptoms may include:
    • loss of appetite,
    • lethargy,
    • jaundice,
    • vomiting,
    • skin rash and
    • difficulty breathing.

Please click here to learn more about listeria.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause food-borne infection called Salmonellosis, and symptoms include:

  • sudden onset of fever
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps
  • nausea
  • sometimes vomiting
  • symptoms can occur from six to 72 hours after becoming infected
  • salmonella infection is spread by eating food contaminated by feces of an infected animal or person, or by drinking contaminated water:
    • It can also be spread from person-to-person.
    • Proper hand washing and safe food handling are key to preventing food-borne illnesses.
    • Salmonella infections can be serious in infants and young children, pregnant women and their unborn babies, and older adults, who are at a higher risk for food-borne illness, as are people with weakened immune systems (such as those with HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, and transplant patients).

Please click here for more information about salmonella.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

News Release

October 6, 2011

Expanded warning not to eat potentially contaminated food products

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown is warning residents not to consume the following smoked salmon products because they are potentially contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella Bacteria.

Strubs Danish Style Smoked Grav-Lox Atlantic Salmon
Salmon Bits
Ready to eat
300g packages
Product code: 09262011

Strubs Norwegian Style Steelhead Salmon
Sliced smoked
Gold tail
Ready to Eat
200g packages
Keep Frozen Prior to Use
Product code: 09192011

Strubs Deli Choice
Smoked Salmon Bits
Gold tail
Ready to Eat
300g packages
Product code: 09192011 and 09262011

Although the originating processing plant for these products is in Toronto, the extent of the distribution of the products across Ontario is unknown. If you have any of the products in your home, it is recommended that they be discarded or returned to the retailer or the food supplier.

If they are to be returned to the supplier, the products should be clearly marked and kept separate from other food products until they are returned. If you are unsure or can’t identify the product code, do not consume.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Listeria can cause listeriosis, a serious but rare illness. The median time from exposure to Listeria until symptoms develop is three weeks, but can be as short as three days or as long as 70 days. Listeriosis usually manifests as mild flu-like illness. Symptoms may start suddenly and include: vomiting, nausea, cramps, severe headache, constipation or fever. More severe illness may result in meningitis and blood infection in newborns and adults. Those highly susceptible are newborns, the elderly, pregnant women, and persons whose immune systems are compromised. In pregnant women, infection can cause preterm delivery, spontaneous abortion, stillbirths and fetal infection. In newborn babies, symptoms may include loss of appetite, lethargy, jaundice, vomiting, skin rash and difficulty breathing.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause food-borne infection called Salmonellosis. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Symptoms can occur from six to 72 hours after becoming infected. Salmonella infection is spread by eating food contaminated by feces of an infected animal or person, or by drinking contaminated water. It can also be spread from person-to-person. Proper hand washing and safe food handling are key to preventing food-borne illnesses such as Salmonellosis. Salmonella infections can be serious in infants and young children, pregnant women and their unborn babies, and older adults, who are at a higher risk for food-borne illness, as are people with weakened immune systems (such as those with HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, and transplant patients).

To learn more about listeria please visit:http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/disease/listeria.html. For more information about salmonella visit: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/disease/salmonella.html

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