Recall of "PCC Smoked Salmon Spread" because of possible health risk

Seattle, Wash., September 8, 2007 — All Jensen's salmon spread packaged with a "PCC Smoked Salmon Spread" label is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.

Twenty-six containers of the at-risk product were sold at PCC stores between Friday, August 31, and Friday, September 7, and can be identified by a "Sell By" date of September 29th on the package. The spread was packaged in a round plastic container and has a "PCC Smoked Salmon Spread" label on the top.

No known illnesses have been reported.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program, which revealed that the finished product contained the bacteria. PCC has pulled all remaining product and further investigation as to what caused the problem will continue.

Individuals who may have eaten the product should monitor their health for symptoms such as high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The symptoms can be more severe in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems.

An average of 3 weeks is required before infected individuals become ill. Persons who are at higher risk or have symptoms should consult a physician. Listeriosis is treatable with antibiotics.

Consumers who have purchased "PCC Smoked Salmon Spread" are urged to return it to any PCC Natural Markets store for a full refund.

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