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Officials Fear Popular Food Item Is Contaminated With Extremely Dangerous Bacteria

May 03, 2018

Seabear Company from Anacortes, Washington has issued a recall of their popular 3 oz packages of Cold Smoked Wild Coho Salmon Lox. The lox is being recalled over fears that it could be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, which has been known to cause life-threatening illness or death.

Botulism is a scary bacteria that is not visible on the affected food, nor can it be smelled. Botulism can cause general weakness, dizziness, double-vision, trouble speaking or swallowing, difficulty breaking and weakness of muscles if ingested.

Botulinum toxin has not been found in the salmon lox at this time, but it is being recalled as the food was improperly brined. The salinity level was found to be below 3.5% making it a prime candidate for botulinum growth if not properly stored.

The salmon lox in question is from lot CSCO-17339 with a pate date of 17-340. It was sold in California Maryland, and Washington from December 8, 2017, to April 10, 2018. The salmon lox was sold in 3-ounce packages from “Gerard & Dominique Seafoods” brand with a UPC of 7 52047 92635 4.

The instructions on the label state the lox can be kept in the refrigerator for up to thirty days, but with the salinity problem that is not accurate or safe. Please keep the lox frozen until just before use.

If you have purchased the item and placed it in the freezer, do not thaw it until you are ready to use it. If it is already in the refrigerator, dispose of it immediately even if it doesn’t look or smell like it has spoiled.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the company Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm pacific standard time at (800) 338-9903.

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