Four Star Import & Distribution of New York is recalling Munia Brand Churi Dry Fish because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness.
The problem was discovered by New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection. Subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel confirmed that the fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.
No illnesses have been reported.
The sale of this type of fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations 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.
Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.
The recalled Munia Brand Churi Dry Fish is imported from Bangladesh and was distributeds nationwide in 200 gram plastic bags with a best-before April-2013.
Consumers who have Munia Brand Churi Dry Fish are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase.
Consumer with questions may contact the company at 718-366-6580.