UK – Listeria warning over ready-to-eat smoked fish


Ready-to-eat smoked fish, such as smoked salmon, is too risky for some people to consume because of a rare chance of getting listeria food poisoning, UK food safety experts say.

While most people would not become seriously ill, certain susceptible groups, including the over-65s, could.

Pregnant women and people with weak immune systems are also vulnerable.

Cooking the fish until it is steaming hot should kill any dangerous bacteria, making it safe for anyone to eat.

There have been eight recorded listeriosis cases so far this year in an ongoing outbreak in the UK, says the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

A joint FSA investigation with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has identified 14 linked cases of listeriosis since 2020, with eight of these since January 2022. Cases have been identified in England and Scotland. The majority of these individuals reported eating ready-to-eat smoked fish.

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