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Botulism Potential Spurs Herring Recall

A New York company is recalling herring in vegetable oil imported from Russia because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism.

In news release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors discovered during a routine inspection and laboratory analysis theta the herring sold by Royal Sweet Bakery of Brooklyn were improperly eviscerated prior to processing.

Under New York regulations, the saleof this type of fish is prohibited  because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. 

The recalled herring in vegetable oil filling was sold nationwide in 49.38 oz. plastic tubs with date codes of 06.04.2011 and 09.06.2011.

Consumers who have the recalled herring are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. For more information contact the company at 718-567-7770.

Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness and poor reflexes, difficulty in swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

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