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Costco Wholesale removes smoked salmon off shelves

TAIPEI--Costco Wholesale Corp. has pulled all smoked salmon processed by Dutch company Foppen from its chain stores in Taiwan, following foreign news reports stating salmonella-tainted smoked salmon supplied by Foppen has sickened hundreds of people in the United States and Holland, a health official said yesterday.

The smoked salmon in question is imported under the name of Costco's store brand Kirkland, but has been processed by Foppen, said Tsai Shu-chen, division head of the Food and Drug Administration under the Cabinet-level Department of Health.

The U.S.-headquartered wholesale club said it imported 489 kilograms of Kirkland smoked salmon on Sept. 20, Tsai said, noting that the company is trying to find out whether or not the shipment came from the tainted batch.

According to the foreign news reports, smoked salmon tainted with salmonella has sickened over 200 people in the Netherlands and similar infection cases have also been reported in the United States, prompting the removal of the products from shelves.

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