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Food Alert - Smoked salmon manufactured by Polyfood Food

Issue Date

2015-04-03

Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Smoked salmon

Product name and Description

Product name: All smoked salmon produced by the manufacturer concerned, regardless of the brand, batch or packaging.

Manufacturer: Polyfood Food Service Co Ltd

Reason For Issuing Alert

–Upon receipt of a notification from the Macau authorities earlier that a batch of smoked salmon imported from Hong Kong was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the CFS, for the sake of prudence, has immediately instructed the manufacturer concerned, Polyfood Food Service Co Ltd, to recall all affected batches of the product. The Centre has been proactively following up on the incident in the past few days and has taken food and environmental samples for testing. Notification received yesterday stated that Listeria monocytogenes was detected in a smoked salmon sample.


–Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperatures. Most healthy individuals do not develop symptoms or only have mild symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea when infected. However, severe complications such as septicemia, meningitis or even death may occur in newborns, the elderly and those with a weaker immune system. Although infected pregnant women may just experience mild symptoms generally, the infection of Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage, infant death, preterm birth, or severe infection in the newborns.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

–Taking into account the test result, the CFS has further instructed the manufacturer to recall all smoked salmon produced, regardless of the brand and batches, and suspend the relevant production line to carry out thorough cleansing and disinfection.

–The manufacturer concerned has recalled the affected product in accordance with the CFS' earlier instruction. According to the information provided by the manufacturer, the ready-to-eat smoked salmon products returned in the past few days were not limited to the particular batch and brands specified by the CFS earlier. It is believed that the recall of the products is in fact nearly completed .

–CFS staff have inspected major retail outlets and have not found any affected product available for sale so far.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling all smoked salmon produced by the manufacturer concerned, regardless of the brand, batch or packaging immediately.

Advice to Consumers

–Consumers not to consume all smoked salmon produced by the manufacturer concerned, regardless of the brand, batch or packaging.

– Medical advice should be sought if they feel sick upon consumption.

Further Information

The CFS press release

For enquiries about the recall of the abovementioned products, consumers may call the manufacturer (Tel: 2898 9962). If they are not sure whether the product in their possession was produced by the manufacturer concerned, they can contact the sellers to enquire.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
2015-04-03

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