Not to consume batch of prepackaged French chilled smoked salmon suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Issue Date 20.12.2019
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety

Food Product

Chilled smoked salmon

Product Name and Description

Product name: Saumon Fume Ecosse T. Main Ficelle
Place of origin: France
Net weight: 1.8 kilograms per pack
Best-before date: December 31, 2019

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that the above-mentioned batch of the product might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and was being recalled.
  • Preliminary investigation found that the importer had imported some of the affected batch of the product, and some of the product had been distributed.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up.
  • The importer has initiated a recall according to the CFS' advice.
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately.
Advice to Consumers
  • Not to consume the affected batch of the product if they have bought any.
  • Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperature. 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 septicaemia, 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 newborns
  • Enquiries about the recall can be made to the importer's hotline at 2612 2066 during office hours.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department