Recall of smoked salmon products manufactured by Polyfood Food completed

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) today (April 8) noted that it had received notification from Polyfood Food Service Co Ltd that the company, in accordance with CFS' instruction, had completed the recall of all smoked salmon products in all brands and batches it manufactured.

A spokesman for the CFS said, "As a smoked salmon sample manufactured by the company concerned was detected with Listeria monocytogenes, the CFS instructed the manufacturer on April 2 to recall all smoked salmon products manufactured, regardless of the brands and batches, and has been closely monitoring the recall. According to the information provided by the manufacturer, the recall is completed in which about 4 500 kilogrammes of smoked salmon products in different brands and batches have been recalled from distributors and retail outlets."

The manufacturer concerned has notified those downstream traders which had ordered the affected products of the recall. CFS staff are conducting inspection at local retail outlets and no affected products are found available for sale so far.

The spokesman pointed out that as instructed by the CFS, the manufacturer concerned had suspended the relevant production line to carry out thorough cleansing and disinfection as well as reviewing and improving the manufacturing process to the satisfaction of the FEHD, so as to ensure the food produced is up to hygiene standards. The CFS will closely monitor the relevant work.

Furthermore, tests of the 38 samples (including 29 salmon samples and nine environmental samples) taken by the CFS from the manufacturer earlier have been completed. Other than one sample announced earlier, all results were satisfactory.

The CFS will continue to closely follow up on the incident and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health.

Ends/Wednesday, April 8, 2015