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The following information is from the FDA on November 13, 2009.

The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has filed a complaint for permanent injunction against seafood processor Haifa Smoked Fish Inc. of Jamaica, N.Y., and two of its top officers for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
If the court grants the injunction requested by the government, the company would stop the manufacture, distribution, and sale of its products, unless and until it has implemented measures to correct insanitary conditions and control the pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono.) at the Haifa Smoked Fish facility. The act refers to unsanitary conditions as insanitary.
Since 2001, the FDA and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) have inspected the Haifa Smoked Fish facility on numerous occasions. The inspections revealed insanitary conditions that could lead to the contamination of the finished product with L. monoor other pathogenic microorganisms. The act refers to unsanitary conditions as insanitary.
FDA analyses of samples taken during the inspections revealed that food products and environmental surfaces, including food-contact surfaces, were contaminated with L. mono. The defendants also continually failed to comply with FDA's Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations. HAACP regulations require that seafood processors identify all food safety hazards likely to occur for each kind of seafood product, and develop and implement adequate plans to prevent and control those hazards.
The FDA issued warning letters to Haifa Smoked Fish in 2001 and 2004. In response, company officers promised to correct the violations. Subsequent inspections, however, revealed that the company did not make the corrections.

The following health alert is from the FDA dated July 10, 2009.

Haifa Smoked Fish, Inc is voluntarily recalling all Haifa Smoked Fish brand Cold Smoked Whitefish sold between December 7, 2008 and June 18, 2009. The product is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled product was distributed to retailers and distributors in the New York State area. Consumers could possibly purchase the product through retail stores outside the New York State area.
The recalled product required refrigeration at 38F or below until consumed. It is packaged in either air-packed or vacuum-packed plastic wrap. It contains a label bearing UPC number 832007000263. The packages do not bear any lot codes. The recalled product is sold by weight.
Consumers who have purchased Haifa Smoked Fish brand Cold Smoked Whitefish sold between December 7, 2008 and June 18, 2009 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-523-889, Monday thru Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and on Fridays until 3pm Eastern Time.

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