If You're Eating This for Breakfast, Get Rid of It Immediately, FDA Says

This breakfast staple could pose a serious health risk to those who consume it, authorities say.

Many people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but there's a major difference between simply eating breakfast and eating a healthy breakfast. That's particularly true now that a popular breakfast food has been pulled from the market due to the serious safety risk it may present to those who consume it. Before you put yourself in harm's way, read on to find out if you should be purging your kitchen of this product now.

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A type of lox has been recalled.

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On Aug. 23, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Loki Fish Company had recalled its 4-oz. packages of Keta Salmon Lox.

The affected lox, which was packaged in plastic on a coated board, can be identified by UPC number 92103 00111 and the words "Wild Keta Lox, Loki Fish Co., Seattle, WA" printed on the packaging. No best by dates are indicated on the affected products.

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The fish may be contaminated with listeria.

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The recall was initiated after an FDA inspection at a packing facility the company uses revealed that the fish may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

"Loki has ceased production, sales, and distribution of keta lox immediately and Loki will continue the investigation as to what caused the problem," the company explains.

Listeria can cause serious health issues.

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While Loki had received no complaints of illness or injury related to consumption of the affected lox at the time the recall was announced, listeria is associated with serious health risks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listeria can cause fever and diarrhea when the infection is contained in the gut, and may also result in symptoms like headache, muscle aches, confusion, loss of balance, neck stiffness, and convulsions in otherwise healthy people. In addition to these symptoms, the condition can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, and pre-term delivery in pregnant people and may cause a potentially fatal infection in newborns.

In older adults and immunocompromised individuals, listeriosis—the infection caused by listeria—is more likely to cause serious health issues or prove fatal. The CDC reports that approximately 16 percent of the 1,600 people diagnosed with listeriosis each year will die from the condition.

If you have the recalled lox at home, don't eat it.

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If you are in possession of the recalled lox, "please do not consume it, and get rid of it immediately," Loki recommends.

Individuals with the affected products at home can also return them to the store from which they were purchased or return them directly to Loki Fish Company at the West Seattle Farmers Markets in Washington State for a full refund. If you have questions related to the recall, contact Hing Ng at Loki Fish Company at hing@lokifish.com or call 206-937-1048 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT.

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Sarah Crow
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