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Botulism Fears Bring Mackerel Recall

New York City’s Bao Ding Seafood is recalling Boiled Horse Mackerel that might be contaminated with clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes life-threatening botulism.

Consumers are warned not to use the Boiled Horse Mackerel even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, causes the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing.

Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

FDA reports the recalled Boiled Horse Mackerel packaged in a vacuum packed plastic bag, net weight 450g, was sold in New York State.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspector discovered the Boiled Horse Mackerel during a routine inspection.  Subsequent analysis of the product by food lab personnel confirmed the fish was not eviscerated prior to processing.

No illnesses have been associated with the Boiled Horse Mackerel.

Consumers who have Boiled horse Mackerel are advised not to eat it and should return it to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions may contact the Jenny Lin at 212-965-9738.

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