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Royal Baltic Smoked Shad Recalled

November 14, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Smoked shad from Royal Baltic, Ltd. is being recalled because it could contain a potentially fatal organism for young children, the elderly or those with weak immune systems, the government announced.

For healthy people, the organism _ listeria monocytogenes _ may only result in short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

But it can cause serious infections for those with weak immune systems and can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

The smoked shad was distributed in vacuum packaging or as unpackaged and unlabeled whole fish in retail stores in New York, California, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington states. The product recall includes codes 2710, 2810, and 2910.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets revealed the presence of listeria in the smoked shad.

Consumers should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. They can also contact Royal Baltic of Brooklyn, N.Y., directly at 718-385-8300.

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