The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to eat some refrigerated cold smoked sockeye salmon products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The alert applies to the following products, sold refrigerated at various weights between Feb.16 and 24:
- Salmon Lox Trim Classic with a UPC code beginning with 0297629 sold at Whole Foods Market at 925 Main Street in West Vancouver.
- Salmon Lox Trim Classic with a UPC code beginning with 0297629 sold at Whole Foods Market at 510 W. 8th Street in Vancouver.
- Lox Trim with a UPC code beginning with 203780 sold at The Salmon Shop at #112-1689 Johnston Street in Vancouver.
- Unlabelled salmon sold at The Daily Catch Seafood Company at 1418 Commercial Drive.
The affected products may have also been sold unlabelled over the counter at the stores listed above. The CFIA advises consumers who don't know if they've purchased the affected products to check with their retailer.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the affected products. The retailers are voluntarily recalling the products listed above.
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled, but eating contaminated food 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.
Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, but infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.