Loki Fish Company Recall Information
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.
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.
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.
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.
Products involved in the recall should be returned to the original point of purchase for a full refund.
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. (www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/SafePracticesforFoodProcessors/ucm092286.htm)
This is the first recall we have had to issue in 37 years in business.
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.
If you believe you may be suffering from food poisoning of any kind, you should consult with a physician as soon as possible.
Consumers can contact us directly at (206) 937-1048 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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