Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores in 42 states, including Illinois, are recalling smoked salmon because of listeria concerns.
The fish product was prepared by a Miami subsidiary of Multiexport Foods in partnership with Tampa Bay Fisheries. While doing a standard lab test on a shipment of salmon that had not been distributed to store, listeria monocytogenes bacteria was found. The product is being pulled with what is described as “an overabundance of caution.”
Listeria monocytogenes bacteria cause food poisoning that can become fatal infections in the elderly, the young and those with a weakened immune system. According to WebMD.com, symptoms include muscle aches, fever and nausea or diarrhea. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, it can cause headache, stiff neck and lack of balance. Pregnant women who get the infection may miscarry or pass the infection on to their unborn child.
The recall affects the smoked salmon twin pack and 1.25 lb. product pack distributed between November 12th and December 12th. There have been no reports of sickness at this time.
When we buy food, we assume that it will be safe and not make us sick. If your or a family member know someone who has been ill from a recalled food product, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 for professional legal representation. Visit the website at www.spiroslaw.com.