Smoked salmon products were detained and destroyed in a pre-emptive move by US food safety authorities after Listeria monocytogenes was found in a Maine-based processing and storage facility.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators ordered the detention of Mill Stream Corps cold-smoked salmon products during an inspection in December 2011. Once detained, the company agreed to voluntarily destroy the product, under FDA supervision.
Agency inspectors ordered the measures after traces of the pathogen were found in the facility and on processing equipment.
No illnesses have been reported in relation to Mill Stream Corp. products.
“FDA will not hesitate to take immediate steps to protect the public’s health,” said FDA Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Dara A. Corrigan.
“We will aggressively use our enforcement tools to prevent potentially adulterated food from reaching the public.”
An outbreak of listeriosis, which was traced to Listeria monocytogenes-tainted Jensen Farms cantaloupes, infected nearly 150 people and killed 30 in the US in 2011.