Recall: Smoked Salmon Sold at Costco Recalled

October 3rd, 2012 · 6 Comments

Smoked Salmon produced by Dutch company Foppen has been linked to several cases of salmonella illness in the Netherlands and suspected in illnesses in the US, as well.  The company sells under their own brand in Europe but distributes to Costco in the US for sales under the Kirkland Signature brand.

In the Netherlands, the salmon has been linked to at least 200 cases of illness and possibly more, according to the Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.  The salmonella is of the strain Salmonella Thompson and like any salmonella infection can lead to  fever, vomiting and diarrhea.  Although no cases in the US have been conclusively linked to the smoked salmon sold at Costco, a representative for the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, Lola Russell, says the federal agency has 85 recorded cases of the same strain from 27 states starting from July 1. Without an outbreak, she said the average number of such cases over that time would be about 30.  So, needless to say this product is being investigated as the suspected cause.

As of Monday afternoon, Costco had pulled the smoked salmon from their shelves and blocked the sale of the item from registers (no chance of getting any now).  Craig Wilson, vice president of food safety at Costco, said that Costco has also been conducting their own  independent testing of the smoked salmon but as yet has not had any positive results for salmonella. Costco has also not received any reports of illnesses.  All customers who have purchased the KS smoked salmon will be notified via phone (robocalls with an automated message), as well as a letter.

If you have purchased the KS smoked salmon, I definitely would not eat it and would take it back to Costco for a refund.  Unfortunately, Costco does not have the recall letter or additional information such as product numbers or dates available on their website at this time, but be safe and don’t eat your smoked salmon from Costco US stores.  I’ll post a link to the letter or any other information as I get it.


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6 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 cheryl fitzwater // 2012.12.18 at 8:08 pm

    bought salmon made by the honey fish company at cosco ,, is there a recall on this product?

  2. 2 Etaoin Shrdlu // 2012.10.14 at 2:23 pm

    Costco in Edinburgh, Scotland carries Loch Fyne smoked salmon, which is arguably among the world’s best. I wonder if there’s any chance that it could replace the suspect Dutch product.

  3. 3 Michelle // 2012.10.09 at 2:39 pm

    Does this include the honey smoked salmon?
    Thank you

    • 4 Kimberly // 2012.10.11 at 4:42 am

      I am pretty positive it does not, it is just a very particular brand of the Norweigan smoked salmon and I haven’t read anything about a honey smoked version of that.

  4. 5 carla wolfe // 2012.10.05 at 12:41 pm

    A friend of mine bought me smoked salmon when I was in Calif. It was from Costco but it was the Trident brand from the Kasilof Fish Co. in Seattle, Wa. Is that brand safe? She bought in Sept. I think. Carla

    • 6 Tracy // 2012.10.05 at 6:53 pm

      hi Carla- we contacted Trident Seafoods and they said this: “No Trident Seafoods products are a part of the smoked salmon recall; the recalled products are farmed Norwegian salmon (Atlantic salmon). The items we produce for Costco under the Kirkland Signature label (as well as our own Trident Seafoods label) are wild Alaskan salmon.”

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