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CHAPEL HILL SMOKED FISH COMPANY WITHDRAWS SMOKED FISH PRODUCT

 CHAPEL HILL SMOKED FISH COMPANY WITHDRAWS SMOKED FISH PRODUCT
 RALEIGH, N.C., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Chapel Hill Smoked Fish Company is voluntarily withdrawing the ready-to-eat vacuum packaged smoked fish product labeled BENTLEY'S SMOKED MACKEREL manufactured at its Chapel Hill processing facility, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.
 The product may contain Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria which may cause flu-like symptoms in humans. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a rare but potentially serious disease.
 An official with the NCDA's Food and Drug Protection Division said a routine sample from a Chapel Hill eatery revealed the contaminated product.
 In general, healthy people are believed to be at little risk from listeriosis; most vulnerable are those with weakened immune systems -- infants, the elderly, and the chronically ill. Listeriosis in pregnant women can cause miscarriage. Symptoms of listeriosis in adults include the sudden onset of flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, backache, and sometimes abdominal pain and diarrhea.
 "There have been no reported illnesses related to this product and the Chapel Hill Smoked Fish Company is cooperating fully with the department," state Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham said.
 Since the product does not bear a code or net weight, consumers are urged not to consume any of the above labeled product and should return it to the place of purchase. Other products produced by the company are not involved in this market withdrawal.
 Contact Don Howell, NCDA Food and Drug Protection Division, 919-733-7366. Consumer inquiries can be made at Chapel Hill Smoked Fish Company in Chapel Hill by contacting Andrew Michaels at 919-929-5848.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Devine, Director-Public Affairs, N.C. Department of Agriculture, 919-733-4216/ CO: N.C. Department of Agriculture; Chapel Hill Smoked Fish Company ST: North Carolina IN: HEA SU:


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