Food Safety Magazine

News | July 26, 2013

Listeria in Packaged Herring Prompts Recall by Zip International

By Staff


This news is no red herring — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported on July 26 that Zip International Group LLC of Edison, NJ, is recalling 400-gram plastic packages of herring fillet in oil (marketed under the brand names Fosforel and Atlantika) due to Listeria contamination.

An FDA notice said that no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, but instructed consumers to return the product to the place of purchase. The recalled herring fillet, which was sold to retail grocery stores in New York State between March 15 and May 24 of this year, includes best by dates 05/15/2013 and 7/17/2013,  It is a product of Russia.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel found the product to be positive for L. monocytogenes, according to FDA.