Lerøy forced to issue gravlax recall over listeria fears
Approximately 160 kilos of the affected batch has been sold.
Norwegian salmon producer Lerøy Norge has announced the recall of its self-produced gravlax scheduled with a best before date of December 8, 2023.
The recall comes in the wake of the detection of Listeria monocytogenes, a harmful bacterium, in the product.
Approximately 160 kg of the affected batch was sold through various outlets, including Lerøy’s own retail store in Stanseveien 33, and other locations such as Fjelberg Fish and Wild Game, Vulkanfisk, Tjuvholmen Seafood Magazine, Fromagerie, and several Meny supermarkets including CC Vest, Holmen, Sandvika Storsenter, Høvik, Fornebu, and Røa.
The gravlax has primarily been sold in bulk, leading to variations in packaging from store to store. Listeria was detected in one out of five control samples taken by the producer.
Lerøy urges consumers who have purchased the affected products to dispose of them. Listeria poses a significant risk of serious illness, particularly to pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems.
The bacterium is capable of growing at low temperatures and can survive freezing, potentially reaching high levels in long-lasting food products.