Sitka processor recalls 2 years' worth of product

SITKA — A Sitka seafood processor has recalled two years’ worth of product, after a state inspection found monitoring equipment had failed.

KCAW reports (http://bit.ly/1fdqG9E ) the recall covers all vacuum-packed smoked fish produced by Big Blue Fisheries for the last two years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall last week.

Mike Keating, with Big Blue, says his company cooperated with state and federal agencies. He says no dangerous bacteria were discovered. He says he thinks the agencies have blown the issue out of proportion.

Greg Johnstone, with Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation, found a recording graph on the smoker wasn’t working during an inspection last month.

He says on a commercial smoker, there must be a continuous recording graph showing the internal temperature of the fish inside.

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