Listeria : five brands of sliced salmon recalled

Health 11 July, 2017

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Published the 11.07.2017 at 12h39


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A small tartare or carpaccio of smoked salmon, fresh for the summer ? The idea is not bad, but for those who have purchased sliced smoked salmon, it will be necessary to pre-check the labels.

Of the batches produced by the company MerAlliance are potentially contaminated by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. They are sold in food and drug retailers Monoprix, Leclerc, Auchan, Lidl and Carrefour, in raw form or prepared, and packaged in packets of 100 g (see detail below)

In case of doubt, the products concerned may be returned in-store, or destroyed. MerAlliance can be contacted on 0800 86 52 86. A priori, they have all exceeded the use-by date to this day, and have for the most part, already been consumed.

The risks associated

Two symptoms to watch out for particularly in people who had consumed : a high fever, with or without headache. These signs can appear up to 8 weeks after ingestion of contaminated food, the vigilance is therefore always necessary.

Reminders of this type are relatively frequent in France. Food poisoning, they, are less so. In 2014, a little more than 370 cases of listeriosis have been reported in the country.

Salmon, cheese and charcuterie

Some foods are more at risk than others, such as cheeses and deli meats. In order to reduce the risk of food-borne infection, Anses has issued a number of recommendations aimed at the general public. The leftovers should not be kept beyond three days and must be warmed beforehand.

For fresh products, the rule is different : it is necessary to wash fruits and vegetables before consumption. Any food handled prior to cooking requires a number of precautionary measures : washing hands, cleaning surfaces and utensils in contact with it.

The Agency of health security also recommends a regular maintenance of the fridge, with the use of bleach. The temperature inside the device should not, ideally, exceed 4 °C.