A previous health hazard alert and product recall issued last October has recently been cancelled by the CFIA. The product involved in the recall was “Strubs Ready-to-Eat Danish-Style Smoked Grav-Lox Atlantic Salmon.”
The CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) is now informing the public that the product no longer poses a health risk because of Salmonella contamination. Strubs Atlantic Salmon is now safe to eat.
The health hazard alert and product recall that was issued on October 5 was based on the results of third-party laboratory tests that were conducted on the product. Results of that analysis showed that the product tested positive for the Salmonella bacteria. However, succeeding analysis done by the same laboratory proved that the previous results were false positive. The false-positive result could be highly likely because of laboratory cross-contamination. With this information, the agency has cancelled the hazard alert.
The product was distributed to different food retail stores in Ontario by food company Foodfest International 2000 Inc. The salmon product was sold in 7-ounce (or 200-gram) packs, have a UPC code of 071217699158 and a lot code of 09262011.
Consumers who want to have more information about the cancelled health hazard alert/product recall can call the CFIA (1-800-442-2342 or 1-800-465-7735). The agency is available to answer consumer concerns from 8:00 in the morning until 8:00 in the evening, Monday-Friday, Eastern Time. Consumers who would like to know more about the Salmonella bacteria can also visit http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.shtml.