Smoked Salmon Recalled for Potentially Fatal Bacteria

Failure in a key manufacturing process is being blamed for the presence of a potentially fatal bacterium.


Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. of Wasilla, Alaska is recalling all 6.5-ounce jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon with the production code of AL81111133 on the bottom of the container. Officials have discovered that the product could be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

The bacteria can lead to Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning that includes trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty in breathing and muscle weakness. The Smoked Silver Salmon was sold to distributors throughout the state of Alaska primarily in gift stores in the Anchorage and Fairbanks area.

Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. produces several species of smoked salmon in flexible retortable pouches, glass jars and black two-piece metal cans. The flexible retortable pouches are not affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was initiated as a result of an independent audit paid for by Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. A review of the thermal processing records determined the recalled lot did not receive the prescribed thermal process and was therefore underprocessed. Consumers should destroy the product, return it to the place where purchased for a refund or contact Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. for a refund or replacement.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.