For Immediate Release
October 23, 2015
(503) 325-2190 (503) 325-2190
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Josephson’s Smokehouse of Astoria, Oregon is voluntarily recalling nine canned seafood products (salmon, sturgeon and tuna) it received from Skipanon Brand Seafood of Warrenton, Oregon with any codes starting with “OC” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
The Josephson recall is affected by a voluntary recall initiated by Skipanon Brand Seafoods LLC following an FDA inspection that turned up a lack of documentation and potentially under-processed products.
All products were sold by Josephson’s to consumers from our one retail store located in Astoria and to mail order customers through our webstore (www.josephsons.com ) and telephone orders.
All mail order sales were to individual customers and were not for resale. Josephson’s through their in-house invoicing and Yahoo shopping webstore invoicing system has identified all recipients of the recalled products. These recipients are being contacted by email, telephone and mail with the recall information. In addition the recall information is published on our website and is displayed in placards in our retail store.
The last date of distribution of recalled products was September 2015. Affected production codes include any codes starting with “OC”. The code can be found on either the bottom or on top of the can. Recalled products are packaged in metal cans with net weight 5.5 oz., 7.0 oz., and 7.5 oz.
Product Name Net Weight UPC
Smoked Garlic Pepper Salmon 5.5 oz. (156g) 6 49586 36165 7
Smoked Wine Maple Salmon 5.5 oz. (156g) 6 49586 36160 2
Smoked Chinook Salmon 7.0 oz. (199g) 6 49586 36100 8
Premium Chinook Salmon 7.5 oz. (213g) 6 49586 36180 0
Smoked Coho Salmon 7.0 oz. (199g) 6 49586 36200 5
Fancy Coho Salmon 7.5 oz. (213g) 6 49586 36250 0
Smoked Albacore Tuna 7.0 oz. (199g) 6 49586 36600 3
Fancy Albacore Tuna 7.5 oz. (213g) 6 49586 36650 8
Smoked Sturgeon 7.0 oz. (199g) 6 49586 36500 6
There have been no reported cases of illnesses associated with our products to date.
Josephson’s will replace returned cans with products that have been produced at a different processor location. The recalled cans for replacement can be brought to the retail store or mailed to Josephson’s Smokehouse; 106 Marine Drive; Astoria, Oregon 97103.
Consumers who have purchased recalled canned seafood products are urged to destroy or return it to the firm for a replacement. If you have any questions, please call Josephson’s Smokehouse at (503) 325-2190 (503) 325-2190 between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm PST, Monday-Friday.
* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.
* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.
* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.
* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm469382.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.