A New York City company is recalling frozen fish from China because of the potential that it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism.
Hua Shing International Trading Corp recalled its frozen SCDA (fish) after New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors, during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of product by Food Laboratory personnel, confirmed that the fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.
Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish and uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning.
The sale of uneviscerated fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations.
The recalled frozen SCDA (fish), a product of China, comes in a 400 gram (14 oz.) vacuum-packed plastic bag with the code 111. The frozen SCDA (fish) was sold in New York City.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Botulism is a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness. Symptoms include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty in swallowing and respiratory paralysis.
Consumers who have frozen SCDA (fish) are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 212-219-1067.