A New York company is recalling dried fish imported from China because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness.
According to a news release, W H & Group LLC of Brooklyn said that during a routine inspection, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors discovered, and subsequent lab analysis confirmed, that the fish was not eviscerated prior to processing.
The sale of this type of uneviscerated fish is prohibited under New York regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning.
The recalled Dried Fish comes in an unmarked cardboard box. Each fish is approximately 7-7.5 inches in length. The fish is sold in a bulk form or and may be re-packed into clear unlabeled, uncoded plastic bags. It is a product of China and was sold in New York State.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with the fish.
Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.
Consumers who have Dried Fish are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumer with questions may contact the company at 718-963-1010.© Food Safety News