A California company is recalling Masago (capelin roe), because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


In a news release issued late Friday, Yamaya USA of Torrance, CA said the recall was the result of a microbiological sampling by the Food and Drug Administration that revealed the finished products contained the bacteria.

Production and distribution of the product has been ceased as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

No illnesses have been reported.

The Masago (capelin roe) was distributed to retail stores in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Mexico. 

The Masago (capelin roe) was packed in 2 lb (907g) plastic containers with a white label that has both Japanese and English writing. The brand name is “Yamaya USA, Inc.” and the product label states Masago (capelin roe). “Item No. 09867” is indicated on the box.

Consumers who have the recalled roe are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-310-325-1710 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT).

  • abdallah mkanza

    i would like to know whether is there any of this food sold in african county including Tanzania

  • While it’s nice to see the contaminated Masago was found before anyone got ill, listeria needs to be detected prior to shipping to market. Better methods are needed at finding contamination at the food production and packaging site. Fortunately, I’m working on delivering new technology to improve the time to detect food borne pathogens. I can’t get this product to market fast enough.