A Brooklyn, NY, fish company that has an unresolved warning letter from FDA because of food safety problems at its facility is recalling lizard fish because it may be contaminated with the bacteria that causes botulism poisoning.

recalled lizard fishArcadia Trading Inc. is recalling 34 cartons of lizard fish imported from Vietnam that was distributed nationwide to supermarkets between Feb. 11, 2014, and July 8 this year, according to a recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

“The product was imported from Vietnam and is packed in uncoded bulk 15-kilogram boxes,” according to the recall notice.

“FDA analysis
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Two days after New York officials posted a consumer alert warning about possible contamination of Phil-Am smoked mackerel the New Jersey-based Phil-Am Trading Inc. posted a recall with the FDA stating the fish could cause botulism poisoning.

recalled Phil Am smoked mackerel label“Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled,” according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. “Consumers who have purchased Phil-Am Smoked Mackerel (Hasa-Hasa) are urged to not consume it, and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.”

Phil-Am distributed the smoked mackerel — Hasa-Hasa —
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New York officials have warned the public to not eat Phil Am branded smoked mackerel — Hasa Hasa — because it was not eviscerated and could contain spores that cause botulism poisoning.

recalled Phil Am smoked mackerel labelThe fish is a product of the Philippines and is sold by the Asian Supermarket Group Inc. of Albany, NY, according to the consumer alert from the state’s Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball. No illnesses had been confirmed in connection with the Phil Am brand smoked mackerel as of the posting of the Dec. 1 alert.

Consumers can identify the implicated smoked mackerel, which is vacuum-packed in
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minnesota department of agriculture 2_jpg_475x310_q85The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers in the Brooklyn Park metro area to avoid eating dried uneviscerated fish after city and state officials discovered such products were being sold at three grocery stores there. Officials reported finding the products at:

  • African International Market, Brooklyn Park;
  • Valu Foods African Market, Brooklyn Park; and
  • Fountains African Food Market, Crystal, Minn.

The uneviscerated fish included pike and bony fish varieties. Inspection and laboratory analysis of the products showed that the internal organs (viscera) had not been removed. There were no confirmed reports of illness associated with the fish products as of
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The New York Department of Agriculture today warned consumers not to eat “Dry Bream-lesh (fish)” sold by Tatuka Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, and distributed by Royal Sweet Bakery, also of Brooklyn, because the product was found to be uneviscerated.

Dried fish labelThe “Dry Bream-lesh (fish)” was sold from retail stores to consumers in the NYC metro area. The product was packaged in a clear, vacuum-packed, flexible plastic pouch and offered for sale at refrigerated temperatures. The product is coded with a “Best before: 01:08:2015” date and is a product of Russia. Uneviscerated processed fish is prohibited under New York State Department of
Continue Reading Uneviscerated Russian Dried Fish Sold in NYC Carries Botulism Risk

A New York-based company is recalling a type of dried fish because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Krasnyi Oktyabr of Brooklyn issued a voluntary recall of its Beer Set Dried Rudd because the fish’s gut was not properly removed, thus it has the potential to harbor Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria whose spores produce a dangerous toxin that causes paralysis in humans. The problem was discovered during a routine inspection by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, after which a lab analysis of the fish revealed that indeed it had not been
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A New York City-based company is recalling dried bream fish imported from Russia because the fish was processed in a way that puts it at risk for Clostridium botulinum contamination. Euphoria Fancy Foods Inc. of Brooklyn issued a voluntary recall of the dried bream after a routine inspection by state officials revealed that the fish had not been properly eviscerated. Evisceration, or complete removal of the gut, is required under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are most likely to be concentrated in the fish’s intestine. Botulism – the illness caused by Clostridium botulinum bacteria
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H.C. Foods Co. of Commerce, CA is recalling frozen dried mackerel and dried round scad after U.S. Food and Drug Administration personnel found that the fish imported from the Philippines was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

The dried fish may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness.

No illnesses have been reported. 

The sale of improperly eviscerated fish, 5 inches in length or greater, 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

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Two Minnesota companies – Import Foods Wholesale and Seng Ong Wholesale – are recalling various types of imported fish because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism. 

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In each case, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Laboratory personnel confirmed that the fish were not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with either company’s products.

The sale of improperly eviscerated fish, 5 inches in length or greater, 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

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W & International Import Inc. is recalling certain sardine anchovies and dried yellow croaker imported from China because the fish were found to be uneviscerated.

Fish that haven’t been fully gutted — uneviscerated — have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning, because Clostridiuim Botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish.

The problem was discovered during routine sampling by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets. The sale of uneviscerated fish is prohibited under department regulations.

No illnesses have been reported.

The recalled Rely-brand sardine anchovies were distributed

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