Jumbo recalls salmon products over Listeria threat

Jumbo recalls salmon products over Listeria threat

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Supermarket chain Jumbo recalled smoked salmon products following Listeria threats. The supermarket said in an announcement that customers consumers who recently bought smoked salmon from its stores not to eat this. The recall is because of potential threat of  the dangerous Listeria bacteria which is common in salmon and salmon slices. The products are made by the supplier H. Wines from Krimpen aan den IJssel.

The affected products are packaged salmon pieces of 150 grams, with an expiration date to February 29, 2016 and slices of salmon in packs of 100 grams, which are best before 23, 25 and 26 February and 1 March, ” said a spokesman for the supermarket chain. All other salmon products are safe.  However the spokesperson said that the supermarket could not clearly state on how many salmon products the bacterium could be found. He indicated that the amount of affected products could be “relatively small” . The supermarket said that the consumers could return the products at the nearest Jumbo Store to get a full cash back.

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause food infection and is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. In the Netherlands, every year five to sixty persons ill from this bacteria, and around twenty people die following the infection.

A spokeswoman said late Saturday that there is “hard to find a new supplier, so as soon as possible smoked salmon in stores.” Jumbo does still investigating the abuses at Van Wijnen. According to the spokeswoman, the supermarket chain in discussion with the supplier about this. Listeria is a harmful intestinal bacteria. The elderly, sick people and pregnant women may be at risk if they ingest the bacteria. The main symptoms are vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, headache and fever.

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