Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club pulling smoked salmon over listeria fears

The retailer's warehouse stores are recalling the fish from 42 states

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Retail giant Wal-Mart is pulling packages of smoked salmon from stores in 42 states over concerns about listeria contamination, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The fish recall is for “Cold smoked salmon in 12-ounce twin packs – which are vacuum-sealed with a cardboard sleeve – and 1.25-pound bundles under the brand ‘Paramount Reserve.’” So far no illnesses have been reported according to Wal-Mart. The recall is an escalation of an earlier recall.

A Miami subsidiary of Multiexport Foods Inc. produced the fish in conjunction with Tampa Bay Fisheries.

According to the paper, ”The listeria monocytogenes bacteria – which can cause fatal infections in the elderly, the young and those with weak immune systems and lead to fever, nausea and diarrhea in other victims – was discovered during a standard lab test on a shipment of the salmon that hadn’t been distributed to stores, according to Wal-Mart.”

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This year, listeria caused recalls of foods as diverse as popcorn, sliced apples, herring and salad. There was also an outbreak that the CDC linked to an imported brand of Ricotta salata cheese.

Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.

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