Research is being carried out to ensure smoked salmon is not infected with salmonella. (Photo: Stock File/FIS)
Costco pulls salmonella-tainted salmon from shelves
Thursday, October 04, 2012, 04:20 (GMT + 9)
The salmon processed by Foppen in the US was pulled from shelves and its sale was blocked by Costco Wholesale Corp after the news that smoked salmon containing salmonella bacteria had sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands and the US, causing recalls overseas and locally.
The smoked salmon was sold under the Foppen name as well as the Kirkland brand, Costco's store-brand name. Specifically, the products are Foppen Norwegian Smoked Salmon Slices 12 Oz and Kirkland Signature Norwegian Imported Smoked Salmon 2 x 12 Oz.
Customers who had purchased the items were called by CostCo to notify them of the recall, said Craig Wilson, VP of food safety at Costco. And he added that the calls were followed up with a letter.
In addition, Wilson said Costco's independent testing of the smoked salmon hasn't yet turned up any positive results for salmonella and also informed that the company had not received any reports of illnesses.
Furthermore, a representative for the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said the agency was investigating the cases but had not confirmed any illnesses.
Foppen is also studying the cause of the outbreak and has halted all production of smoked salmon until the analysis is completed.
"The investigation into the cause is under way and has been narrowed down to one production line at one factory (in Greece)," stated Foppen spokesperson Bart de Vries. "We can't yet say what the cause of the infection was."
Meanwhile, Costco in Taiwan has pulled the salmon in question from its shelves as well, even though there have been no allegations of salmonella poisoning in Taiwan, CNA reports.
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