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Imported Smelt Recalled in Nine States

A New York company is recalling fish imported from Japan because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, bacteria that can cause life-threatening botulism.

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Daiei Trading Co., Inc. of College Point, NY is recalling Gourmet Family Brand Large Mouth Smelt Komochi Shishamo after a routine inspection by the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets found the product to be uneviscerated.

The sale of uneviscerated fish is regulated because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera. Uneviscerated fish have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning.

The fish was sold in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina through retail stores.

Consumers are warned not to eat the fish.

Gourmet family Brand Large Mouth Smelt Komochi Shishamo is vaccum packed in uncoded styrofoam tray. Eight pieces are packed in each 3.5 oz. (100g) container.

Consumers who purchased Gourmet Family Brand Large Mouth Smelt Komochi Shishamo are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning can cause 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.

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  • don gordon

    New York State Dept of Ag and Mkts consistently finds adulterated imported products on the market. FDA’s import system fails to detect these entreies as it relies upon data entred by the importer/broker to make an admissibility decision through OASIS/PREDICT. If the product is not coded properly or the incorrect shipper is declared (either intentionally or otherwise)FDA allows import brokers to continue to submit data via these systems on imported food even though they have a high error rate. In fact, to pass an FDA filer audit, a broker’s accuracy must be only 90 %. This potentially allows 10 % of food entries to avoid import alert detection by the computer systems. Many other brokers are allowed to continue to submit data electronically to FDA with significantly higher error rates.