Last updated on 23 August 2013
Loch Duart Ltd Oak Smoked Salmon recalled*
Loch Duart Ltd is recalling a batch of their own Oak Smoked Salmon, because Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in the product and may pose a health risk. If you have bought this product, with the batch code 31702, do not eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.
The product being recalled is:
- Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse Oak Smoked Salmon
- Batch code: 31702
- Pack sizes:
- 125g, 200g
- 250g Trimmings
- 800-1200g Unsliced Sides
- Date code: ’Use by’ dates between 28 August 2013 and 9 September 2013
Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse is recalling the above product. Product recall notices have been supplied to retailers to be displayed in store, to tell customers about the recall.
If you have bought this product, with the batch code 31702, please do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store it where you bought it or contact Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse.
No other Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse products are known to be affected.
*Title has been amended to refer to the name of the company.
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Science behind the story
Listeriosis, the foodborne illness caused by listeria, is relatively rare, but listeria causes more deaths from food poisoning in the UK than other foodborne bugs. Vulnerable groups of the population are at increased risk and many cases are associated with chilled ready-to-eat foods.
The Agency aims to reduce the number of cases of listeriosis in the UK by the year 2015 through the Listeria Risk Management Programme.
Between 2000 and 2009, the annual number of laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis more than doubled from 114 to 234 cases in the UK. In 2012, there were 184 laboratory-confirmed cases, which remains elevated (more than 50%) above levels observed in the 1990s.
Listeriosis has a significant public health and economic impact because of its high hospitalisation and mortality rate. Most people infected with listeria are hospitalised and approximately a third die. The disease costs the UK economy an estimated £245 million a year.