The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered smoked fish manufacturer Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse Inc. to stop processing, preparing, packing, holding and distributing any food at its facility following the discovery of Listeria contamination.
The action was taken in response to results from microbiological testing of environmental samples taken from the facility during a recent inspection. These showed that Listeria monocytogenes was present in processing and storage areas. Jensen’s distributes its smoked fish products in Washington, Oregon and California.
The company is now the subject of a consent decree of permanent injunction and has agreed to comply with requirements to control food safety hazards. To resume operations, Jensen’s must undertake thorough cleaning and sanitising of the facility, get expert advice on developing a cleaning schedule and set up environmental monitoring and product testing programs for Listeria.
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