Monday, October 15, 2012

Listeria Found in Herring Product from Kensington

Herring Recall in Light of Listeria Contamination

A Kensington, Brooklyn food manufacture was forced to recall a herring product after it was discovered that Listeria monocytogenes were present in the food.

The company, Four Seasons Dairy, is located at 255 58th Street in Brooklyn. An announcement was made by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets that “Fillet Atlantic Recipe in Oil,” a Four Seasons herring product was being recalled.

The herring was packaged in a one-pound clear plastic tub with a white plastic lid. On the bottom of the item a label shows an expiration date of 12/11/12. The FDA says that the food product was being sold in a variety of New York City locations, but did not specify as to any names of shops.

So far no one has reported any illnesses as a result of the Listeria contamination, but the potential for harm is great. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and even deadly infections in young children, elderly and frail people and others who have weakened immune systems.

For those who are strong or who have intact immune systems the possibility of illness is high, including fever, stiffness, nausea, stomach pain, and diarrhea. In pregnant women the infection of Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

Anyone in possession of “Fillet Atlantic Recipe in Oil” from Four Seasons Dairy should throw the product away or return it to the store where it was bought. Consumers with questions can call 718-567-7877.