April 1, 2009

Some brands of salmon recalled in Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume certain brands of smoked salmon and lox due to possible bacterial contamination.

The manufacturer, Niagara Smoked Fish Ltd. of Mississauga, Ontario, said the products -- distributed in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta -- might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall includes Strubs-brand bagelox Norwegian style Scottish style and Danish style sliced smoked Steelhead salmon; Niagara-brand smoked Steelhead and Atlantic salmon; and Ocean Jewel-brand party pack sliced smoked Atlantic salmon.

The CFIA said food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes might not appear or smell spoiled but can cause listeriosis, a food-borne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.