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Recall: Santa Barbara Smokehouse Recalls Cold Smoked Salmon Because of Possible Health Risk

Last updated June 5, 2015

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Santa Barbara Smokehouse, Santa Barbara, CA, is voluntarily recalling all smoked salmon from March 1st-Apri 8th 2015 for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.


Santa Barbara Smokehouse, Santa Barbara, CA, is voluntarily recalling all smoked salmon from March 1st-Apri 8th 2015 for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, the cold smoked salmon was distributed in the United States under brand names:

Cambridge House, Coastal Harbor, Harbor Point, North Shore S.F. Specialty, Channel Islands, and Santa Barbara (Along with the following batch range of 1015 – 3949).

No illnesses have been reported so far, and the recall is initiated as a precautionary measure.

Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by consuming food contaminated with the bacterium, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that it is an important public health problem in the United States. Of the estimated 1600 people who get infected each year in the USA, death occurs in 260 cases.

The population most at risk:

  • Elderly and frail adults (4 times more likely to get infected than the general population)
  • Newborns
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weakened immune systems

The CDC states that in rare cases, persons without the above-mentioned risk factors could also get affected.

According to the FDA, till date, there are no reports that the smoked salmon has caused any illness. However, if you have consumed smoked salmon, and you have one or more of the following symptoms, consult a doctor immediately:

  • Severe Headache
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • High fever
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue

Warning for pregnant women:

  • Pregnant women are ten times more likely to get infected with Listeria than the general population. The risk is even higher for pregnant Hispanic women, as they are 24 times more likely to get Listeria infection.
  • The symptoms are usually non-specific like fatigue, muscle aches, etc., although fever can also occur.
  • Listeria infection during pregnancy could potentially lead to miscarriage, pre-term labor, stillbirth, or serious infection in the newborn.

If you are pregnant and think you might have been exposed to Listeria contaminated food, please consult your doctor immediately.

v  Unlike most bacteria, Listeria can grow and multiply in some foods in the refrigerator. If you suspect contaminated smoked salmon in your fridge, please discard.

Consumers are requested to contact (805) 966-9796for further information.

Primary Reference:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (n.d.). Retrieved June 5, 2015, from http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm449915.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Additional References:

1.      http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/

2.      Scallan E, Hoekstra RM, Angulo FJ, Tauxe RV, Widdowson MA, Roy SL, Jones JL, Griffin PM. Foodborne illness acquired in the United States--major pathogens. Emerging infectious diseases. 2011, 17(1): 7-15.

3.      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital signs: listeria illnesses, deaths, and outbreaks - United States, 2009-2011. MMWR Morbidity and mortality weekly report. 2013, 62(22): 448-52.

4.      http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/sources.html

Reviewed and Approved by a member of the DoveMed Editorial Board
First uploaded: June 5, 2015
Last updated: June 5, 2015