A LEADING Irish fish producer has withdrawn batches of its smoked salmon after the potentially life-threatening listeria bug was detected in some samples.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) posted details of a recall by Clarke's Fish Exports Ltd of its farmed Irish Oak Smoked Salmon in pack sizes ranging from 100g to 1kg.
It advised consumers not to eat the implicated smoked salmon, which is popular at Christmas, and food businesses to remove it from sale and display notices in shops advising customers not to eat it.
The affected batches have use by dates between 19/12/2013 and 08/01/2014, and the packs have approval number IE MO 0009 EC.
The FSAI notice said that "listeriosis is serious and can be life threatening in vulnerable individuals".
"Specific segments of the population would be deemed at particular risk including pregnant women, the elderly and people with impaired immune functions," it said.
Clarke's managing director John Clarke said the company was working closely with health authorities and its customers to recall this product as quickly as possible.
Clarke's said customers with queries or concerns could contact its helpline at 096 21022.