A Massachusetts company is recalling salted, smoked, split herring because a routine sample collected at a retail store by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets found the product to be uneviscerated.

Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish.

The recalled herring was distributed in 18-lb. wooden boxes (40-60 count) through distributors in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and Virginia and packaged by retail stores in various weights ranging from ½ lb to 1.5 lb. with Lot Number 1171 and Plant Code:  2406. Producer: Leslie Leger & Sons, Ltd.,  Cap Pele, NB, Canada.

No illnesses have been reported, but consumers are cautioned not to eat this product, even if it does not look or smell spoiled. It should be returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with any questions may contact James Scannell or Jeffrey Long at CFE International Canadian Fish Exporters, Inc., 134 Rumford Avenue, Suite 202, Auburndale, MA 02466-1377, or by telephone at 617-924-8300 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.