HANCOCK — Mill Stream Corp., which does business as Sullivan Harbor Farm, has issued a voluntary recall of 10 lots of cold smoked salmon because of potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause life-threatening illness or death.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
According to an announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, consumers are being warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
Botulism is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning. It can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation also may be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
The recall was initiated because testing showed there was not enough salt content in the product for it to be stored safely in the refrigerator. Labeling instructions state to keep refrigerated at or below 38 degrees F and that the product may be frozen. Product stored in the refrigerator after thawing has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.
The affected product was sold frozen by Mill Stream Corp., but may have been thawed by retailers before sale. Consumers who purchased the product frozen are advised to keep it frozen until ready to use and thaw under refrigeration immediately before use. If a consumer has refrigerated product subject to the recall, they should dispose of it immediately even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
The recalled product was sold between March 6, 2019, and Sept. 17, 2019, in vacuum-sealed packages in the following sizes: whole salmon side, 2 lb., 1 lb., 8 oz., and 4 oz. The affected product is marked with the following lot numbers marked on the back of the packages: 7049, 7050, 7051, 7052, 7054, 7056, 7058, 7060, 7062 and 7066.
The smoked salmon products were sold and distributed in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Utah, Iowa, Tennessee, Minnesota, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin, Washington, Georgia, Illinois, Virginia, Michigan and Texas. The products sold were through retail, wholesale and online orders.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at (207) 266-0621, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.