Fish recall issued due to Listeria issues

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UK health officials are urging consumers to check their recent purchases after fish was linked to a bacteria of concern. On June 7, Waitrose issued a recall of its Waitrose 2 British Hot Smoked Rainbow Trout Fillets due to listeria contamination. The recall was issued after Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria responsible for listeria infections, was found in the product.

Consumers were alerted to the recall by a notice posted on UK Food Standards Agency website. According to this advisory, the specific product affected by the recall is Waitrose 2 Hot Smoked British Rainbow Trout Fillets in a 125 gram pack. The recalled nets have an “use by date: June 11, 2022”. The recall appears to only affect consumers in the UK, where the recall was issued, although the advisory did not specify which regions the recalled rainbow trout fillets were distributed to. or in which stores they were sold. He also did not mention whether any illnesses were reported as part of the recall.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria of concern that causes listeria, a serious infection usually caused by eating contaminated food. Although listeria infection usually goes unnoticed or can cause very mild gastrointestinal illness, young children, the frail or elderly, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems may experience more severe symptoms. . It can cause high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In some cases, this can be fatal. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Due to the risk of listeria contamination to consumers, the Food Standards Agency is advising consumers not to eat the recalled Waitrose 2 British Hot Smoked Rainbow Trout Fillets if they have purchased them. Nets should instead be returned to the store they were purchased from for a full refund. Notice to points of saleexplaining why the product is being recalled, are also displayed at all retail stores that carry this product.

The recall follows a similar alert issued by several agencies just a few months ago. In April, the Food Standards Agency, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Food Standards Scotland announced they were investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to smoked fish. At the time, a notice informed consumers that cases had been identified in England and Scotland and had occurred over a period of months, dating back to 2020. The “majority” of those infected said they had eaten fish smoke. Consumers were advised to take steps to reduce the risk of contracting listeria, such as keeping ready-to-eat smoked fish refrigerated, using products until their expiration date, and cooking or reheating smoked fish until that it is “very hot all day long”. .”

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