If You Bought Any of These 7 Types of Fish, Throw Them Away Now, FDA Says
The popular products could pose a serious health risk to anyone who eats them.
Fish is one of the most popular sources of protein in America, with U.S. residents consuming approximately 16.1 pounds of fish each in an average year, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
And while making fish part of your regular diet may confer a wide variety of health benefits, not every type of fish is created equal when it comes to your wellbeing. In fact, seven types of fish are being pulled from the market due to the serious health risk they may present. Read on to discover which products could be putting you in harm's way and what to do if you have them at home.
Seven types of salmon products are being recalled.
On Nov. 12, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the Oregon Lox Company had recalled seven of its products.
The affected foods include 3-oz. packages of Aqua Nova Sliced Nova Lox, 1-lb. packages of Aqua Nova Sliced Nova Lox, packages of sliced Aqua Nova Premium Oregon Nova Lox, North Coast Traditional Nova Lox, 3-lb. packages of North Coast Smoked Salmon Trim, packages of unsliced Aqua Nova Premium Oregon Nova Lox, and 8-oz. packages of Tony's Smoked Salmon Lox. All of the affected products have batch number 22821 printed on their back labels and are packaged in vacuum-sealed plastic.
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The recalled salmon may be contaminated with Listeria.
The affected products, which were sold in Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The potential contamination was discovered during a "routine sampling" of the company's products by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, according to the recall notice.
Listeria can cause serious illness or even death.
At the time the recall was announced, there had been no reports of illness associated with the recalled products, but they still present a potentially serious health risk to customers.
Listeria is responsible for approximately 1,600 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eating Listeria-contaminated food can cause flu-like symptoms, including digestive issues and fever, and may lead to miscarriage, premature birth, and stillbirth in pregnant people, as well as potentially fatal infections in newborns. Listeria infections, which typically present with symptoms within one to four weeks of consuming contaminated food, are more likely to cause serious illness in pregnant people, immunocompromised individuals, and older adults.
If you have any of the recalled fish at home, don't eat it.
If you bought any of the recalled products, do not consume them.
Instead, either return them to the store from which they were purchased or throw them away. If you have questions related to the recall, contact Oregon Lox Company at 800-233-1850 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST. If you have eaten any of the recalled products and believe you're experiencing symptoms, contact a healthcare provider immediately.