DETROIT (WWJ) – A Chicago-based company is recalling more than 8,000 packages of smoked Atlantic salmon due to the potential for contamination with a deadly bacteria.

Vita Food Products, Inc. is voluntarily recalling individual retail packages of 4 oz. Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon.

The company said the product could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 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.

The salmon was sold at retail stores in 22 states, including Meijer stores in Michigan, on or after July 25 of this year.

The package contains 4-5 slices (total 4 oz.) of smoked salmon. The slices are contained in a vacuum sealed package with the sell by date and code of DEC 15 2011 01961B is centered in the window on the front of each package.

To date, no confirmed illnesses or complaints have been reported by customers.

The company is advising consumers who have the recalled product not to consume it. Consumers can return the product to the retailer from which it was purchased. For more information, call 1-800-989-8482.


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