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Salmon Recalled in Four States Due to Listeria Contamination

Salmon Recalled in Four States Due to Listeria Contamination

The Oregon Lox Company has recalled lox in four states including California because of the potential for listeria contamination.

According to a news report, the recall includes multiple brands of its Wild Cold Smoked Keta Salmon lox. Contaminated food can have serious side effects for consumers. Thankfully, so far, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled salmon at this time.

Details of the Recall

The problem was found after the Washington State Department of Agriculture detected listeria during routine sampling. The salmon was distributed in Alaska, California Washington, and the company’s home state of Oregon. The recalled lox was sold in plastic vacuum-sealed packages under labels for a variety of brands. All of the recalled products have the lot number “22821” on the back of the packages. The manufacturer is urging anyone who has these recalled products at home to discard them or return them for a refund.

What is Listeria?

Listeriosis is a food-borne illness caused by consuming food that is tainted with the bacterium (listeria). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the infection is most likely to affect pregnant women and babies, the elderly (adults older than 65), and people with weakened immune systems. In pregnant women, listeriosis could lead to miscarriages or stillbirths. About 1,600 get listeriosis each year in the U.S. and approximately 260 die each year as a result of this infection.

Common symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. Symptoms may begin a few days after you have eaten the contaminated food, but it may take as long as 30 days or more before the first signs and symptoms of the infection begin. If the listeria infection spreads to your nervous system, you may also experience symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion or changes in alertness, loss of balance, and convulsions.

If You Have Been Affected

If you have developed a listeria infection as the result of the recalled salmon products or any food product contaminated by the bacteria, make sure you isolate the leftover food so no one else in your household consumes it. Get medical attention, treatment, and care for your illness as soon as possible, and follow the doctor’s orders for treatment and care.

If you are diagnosed with listeriosis, it would be a good idea to have the leftover food tested independently in a laboratory to check for the presence of pathogens. Report your illness to your local health care agency, which tends to track trends in food-borne illnesses. Contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who can help you secure compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.


Source: https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/lox-recall-2021-oregon-lox-company

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