Hong Kong – Food Alert – A batch of prepackaged smoked salmon contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes




Issue Date 2017-04-27
Source of Information The Centre for Food Safety
Food Product Prepackaged smoked salmon
Name of Importer
Product name and Description Product name: Traditional Smoked Scottish Salmon
Brand: Grants Smokehouse
Manufacturer: MacKnight Ltd
Net weight: 200 grams
Place of origin: United Kingdom
Use-by date: May 16, 2017
Reason For Issuing Alert

– The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) collected the smoked salmon sample from YATA Supermarket in Tai Po for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 25 grams of the sample, exceeding the standard of the Microbiological Guidelines for Food which states that Listeria monocytogenes should not be detected in 25 grams of food.

– Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperatures. Most healthy individuals do not develop symptoms or only have mild symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea when infected. However, severe complications such as septicemia, meningitis or even death may occur in newborns, the elderly and those with a weaker immune system. Although infected pregnant women may just experience mild symptoms generally, the infection of Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage, infant death, preterm birth, or severe infection in newborns.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

– The CFS has informed the vendor of the test result and instructed it to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected batch of the product, and initiate a recall.

– The CFS will inform the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action including tracing the source and distribution of the affected food item to safeguard food safety and public health.

Advice to the Trade

– Stop using or selling the products concerned immediately.
Advice to Consumers
– Stop consuming the affected product.
Further Information The CFS press release

– For enquiries about the recall, members of the public may call the vendor at 3761 1388 during office hours.

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