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The
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced
it was shutting down Hope Food Supply for its failure to take adequate steps to
prevent bacterial
contamination
of its smoked seafood products.  Additionally, the FDA recalled all of Hope’s dried
smoked catfish steaks and other smoked seafood produced since June 2007.  Although there have been no reported
illnesses related to any contaminated
foods
sold by Hope Food Supply, the FDA took a proactive step by ordering
the plant to shut its doors until better food safety standards are implemented.

Due
to the recent number of food
recalls
, either by the government or voluntarily by the producer, this can
be seen as a positive step in helping to prevent contamination and
infection.  The most common risk
associated with contaminated food is E. coli bacterial infection.  If a person is exposed to E. coli, it can
cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The people most susceptible are seniors,
the very young and those with compromised immune systems.

If
you have experienced any adverse effects after eating any of Hope Food Supply’s
seafood, please report it to the FDA either by telephone, 888-723-3366 , or via
the internet at http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html.

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