Recall alert: Cold smoked salmon recalled due to botulism risk

The Food and Drug Administration and Mill Stream Corp./Sullivan Harbor Farm have announced a recall of cold smoked salmon.

The recall is due to the salmon's potential contamination of Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause botulism.

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The recall was started after the salmon's water phase salt, WPS, tested below 3.5%. A retest found incorrect reporting of levels of WPS. If the salmon is under 3.5%, it must remain frozen until ready to eat. But the label on the salmon says it is safe to keep it under 38 degrees Fahrenheit or frozen.

If the salmon with the lower level of WPS is allowed to thaw and is stored in the refrigerator after thawing, it could become contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

The salmon was sold and shipped frozen by Mill Stream Corp. but retailers may have thawed it for sale.

The cold smoked salmon was sold between March 6 and Sept. 17 in vacuum-sealed packages in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Utah, Iowa, Tennessee, Minnesota, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin, Washington, Georgia, Illinois, Virginia, Michigan and Texas.

It was sold in the following sizes:

  • Whole salmon side
  • 2 pounds
  • 1 pounds (0.45 kg)
  • 8 ounces
  • 4 ounces

The fish has the following lot numbers on the back of the packaging.

  • 7049
  • 7050
  • 7051
  • 7052
  • 7054
  • 7056
  • 7058
  • 7060
  • 7062
  • 7066

If you have salmon from one of the affected lots, you're being told to throw it away even if it doesn't seem spoiled. If you have questions, you can call Mill Stream Corp. at 207-266-0621, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

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