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Salmonella Scare Leads to Fish Food Recall

EMSL Analytical’s FDA registered lab offers advanced food testing services for Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens.


The Hartz Mountain Corporation of Secaucus, New Jersey is working with the US Food and Drug Administration in issuing a voluntary recall of their Wardly Advanced Nutrition Perfect Protein Tropical Flake Fish Food due to potential Salmonella contamination of the containers.

Four specific lots of the fish food have been recalled; all are of the 1oz size. The potentially contaminated product was shipped nationally from December 20, 2011 through March 15, 2012. A total of 7,056 containers are thought to be contaminated with Salmonella. All have the UPC number 0-43324-00591-7 and the contamination is limited to lot numbers PP34911, PP34912, PP35011, and PP35012. Salmonella was detected in each of the lots during a random quality test performed by Hartz. The source of the problem is yet unknown, but is being investigated by the company. Presently, there have been no reported illnesses as a result of the contamination.

According to the FDA, Salmonella can cause serious and potentially fatal infections in young children, elderly people, or any others with a weak or compromised immune system. Individuals infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, the Salmonella organism may get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illness.

“In testing for food borne pathogens like Salmonella, EMSL Analytical provides the food industry with scientifically and legally defensible data in our analysis reports,” states EMSL’s National Food Microbiology Supervisor, Joy Dell’Aringa, M.S., R.M. (N.R.M.), C.F.S.P. “We maintain strict adherence to our Quality Assurance/Quality Control programs and regulatory requirements.”

For more information about EMSL’s food testing division, please contact EMSL at 800-220-3675, or visit or

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. Please see our website for a complete listing of accreditations.


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