PRODUCT RECALL: Smoked Pink Salmon

Posted on March 03, 2016 by Jenn Pellerin


 Loki Fish Company Recall Information


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As a family-owned fishing business that direct markets our catch, nothing is more important to us than the safety of the products we sell. When we were notified by the WSDA of the confirmed presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of our smoked salmon, we took immediate action to conduct a voluntary recall of our product. Please read below for information to some questions you may have about this process.

Please refer to the end of this post for a list of stores that may have been carrying affected product before the recall went into effect. 

  1. Why is your product being recalled?

During sampling conducted by the WSDA, the presence of Listeria monocytogenes was confirmed in a package of our wild smoked pink salmon purchased at Terra Organic in Bellingham, WA.

  1. Is all of your smoked salmon being recalled?

At this time, we are only recalling two specific lots of wild smoked pink salmon portions. The recalled lots have the batch numbers #1212155594 or #1212155613 stamped on the back of the label. Once we heard of the test results, we elected to test a variety of other products and batches to ensure safety, and all of the eight samples tested came back negative for listeria mono. 

  1. What steps are you taking now that you have recalled this product?

We have sent 8 samples to an independent lab for testing and will release those results as soon as they are available. The FDA is also conducting testing at the smokehouse which processes and packs our product, and we will have those results early next week (week of 3/7).

We are not shipping or selling any products processed for us by the smokehouse until we have more information.

  1. What should I do if I have a package of the recalled product?

Products involved in the recall should be returned to the original point of purchase for a full refund.

  1. How did Listeria monocytogenes contaminate the product?

Listeria is a naturally occurring bacteria that can be present in wild salmon at the time of harvest. The hot smoking process is a control that effectively kills the bacteria with heat, so it is possible that listeria was introduced at the packaging step. (

  1. Has Loki Fish Company ever had to issue a product recall?

This is the first recall we have had to issue in 37 years in business.

  1. What is Listeria monocytogenes?

Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Anyone who is concerned about a possible health problem or illness should contact a healthcare provider immediately.

  1. What should I do if I feel sick and believe it may be related to consuming your product?

If you believe you may be suffering from food poisoning of any kind, you should consult with a physician as soon as possible.

  1. What should I do if I have additional questions?

Consumers can contact us directly at (206) 937-1048 or email us at:

Stores that may have carried smoked pink salmon from the recalled batches:

Bayview Thriftway, Olympia WA

Metropolitan Market Admiral, Seattle WA

Cherry Sprout Produce, Portland OR

Central Coop, Seattle WA

Marlene's Market, Tacoma WA

The Feed Store, Seattle WA

First Alternative Coop North, Corvalis OR

Terra Organic, Bellingham WA

First Alternative Coop South, Corvalis OR

Metropolitan Market Uptown, Seattle WA

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