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Company recalls frozen salmon over listeria fears

In fourth food scare in a month, Maadaney Miki warns public to steer clear of fish processed in July, August

Asian-inspired citrus salmon (Liz Rueven/JTA)
Asian-inspired citrus salmon (Liz Rueven/JTA)

Israel’s summer of food contamination persisted Tuesday with the recall of frozen salmon suspected to be tainted with listeria.

The Maadaney Miki company told the public not to use frozen fish processed in July and August.

Maadaney Miki alerted customers not to use salmon marked as made on 03/07/2016 with an expiration on 27/02/2017 or several sets of dates (05/07/2016, 01/03/2017; 07/07/2016, 03/03/2017; 14/07/2016, 10/03/2017; 02/08/2016, 29/03/2017; 04/08/2016, 31/03/2017) and to contact the company at 1-700-50-55-40.

Food safety recalls are not uncommon in Israel, but have become all too frequent over the past month.

In early August, the Health Ministry announced that it had suspended a manufacturing license given to multinational corporation Unilever, after cornflakes tainted with salmonella managed to reach Israeli consumers.

Unilever had declined to the recall cornflakes, initially claiming that the products had not gone out to consumers, and only later admitting that they had hit the shelves.

Israeli shoppers buy food from the frozen section of Rami Levi supermarket in Talpiot, Jerusalem. (Nati Shohat/Flash 90)
Israeli shoppers buy food from the frozen section of Rami Levi supermarket in Talpiot, Jerusalem. (Nati Shohat/Flash 90)

Less than a week later, Salatey Shamir (Shamir Salads), said some of its tehina (sesame paste) products also contaminated with salmonella had reached the stores and most likely been eaten by Israeli consumers.

CEO Ami Guy told the Ynet news site that the suppliers, Prince Tahina, had notified Salatey Shamir too late to prevent a wide range of products containing the tehina from going out to the stores. Some 200 tons of Prince Tahina’s paste were marked for destruction and the dates of suspect products were publicized by Israeli media.

Only one day after the tahina story broke, Milotal Frozen Vegetables called for the return of all its frozen french fries, after lab tests found listeria contamination in the product.

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