Last month, a Greek company announced a recall for their cold smoked salmon product, citing a possible Listeria contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a press release regarding the recall, stating that samples of the product tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. This product may have been sold in 11 states and Puerto Rico. Recalling contaminated products is one way that companies attempt to avoid a product liability lawsuit.
This is the fifth smoked salmon recall issued since November 2012. Reports of listeria contamination have been filed by four other companies located throughout the United States. These companies sell cold smoked salmon in 42 states and Puerto Rico. To date, two illness were believed to be linked to one company's recalled products.
Cold smoked fish is considered a risk for the frail, elderly, anyone with a compromised immune system, and pregnant women. The United States and other countries recommend that anyone who falls into one of these categories refrain from eating cold smoked fish.
Ingestion of contaminated food can make a person ill, and possibly leading to lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Under U.S. law, the manufacturer, distributor, and anyone in the stream of commerce are all strictly liable for any injuries that occur as the result of a defective product. These laws protect victims from being required to prove that the company did anything wrong in the food preparation process - a requirement that could preclude many victims from being able to recover for their injuries. A person who has ingested contaminated seafood may have a claim for damages.
Source: Food Safety News, "String of Smoked Salmon Products Recalled for Listeria Potential: Five recalls in two months," Gretchen Goetz, Jan. 8, 2013