Alaska Company Recalls Smoked Salmon for Botulism Risk

An independent audit paid for by Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. determined the recalled lot of Smoked Silver Salmon did not receive the prescribed thermal process and was therefore under-processed.

Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. of Wasilla, Alaska, is recalling all jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon in 6.5-ounce containers with the production code of AL81111133 on the bottom of the jar or can because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled, according to a Feb. 15 FDA announcement of the recall.

Botulism is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning. It can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension, and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention, the notice says.

The Smoked Silver Salmon was sold to distributors throughout the state of Alaska, primarily in gift stores in the Anchorage and Fairbanks area.

Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. produces several species of smoked salmon in flexible retortable pouches, glass jars, and black two-piece metal cans. The flexible retortable pouches are not affected by this recall. The announcement said no illnesses had been reported as of that date. The recall was initiated as a result of an independent audit paid for by Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. A review of the thermal processing records determined the recalled lot did not receive the prescribed thermal process and was therefore under-processed.

Consumers should destroy the product, return it to the place of purchase for a refund, or contact Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. for a refund or replacement.

The notice says the recall is being made with the knowledge of U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

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