Gold Star Smoked Fish Corp. is recalling Baltic Treasures, Norwegian Style Matjes, Marinella “Delicatessnaya”, Jewish Style Matjes, Traditional Russian Matjes, and Rybacka Wies Matjes Brands of Herring Fillets in Oil due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The fish was sold at stores in Denver and Arvada according to Colorado Department of Public Health.  The herring was sold at M&I International Market, 909 South Oneida Street in Denver, Black Sea Market, 7920 E. Mississippi Ave. in Denver, and at Gastronom, 10050 Ralston Rd., in Arvada.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria can be a serious condition for those with compromised immune systems and for pregnant women.  Read more about food poisoning.

Gold Star Smoked Fish Corp. is located at 570 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY.   The recall was initiated after sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in samples of some of the brands being recalled. Gold Star Smoked Fish Corp. is voluntarily recalling additional brands and additional lots of herring fillets in oil as a precaution.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who purchased Baltic Treasures, Jewish Style “Matjes”, Norwegian Style “Matjes”, Marinella “Delicatessnaya”, Traditional Russian “Matjes”, or Rybacka Wies “Matjes” Brands of Herring Fillets in Oil should not consume it and should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with any questions may contact the company directly at 718-522-5480.

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