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Recall -- Firm Press Release


Kien Import Corp. Issues an Alert on Uneviscerated Fish

Sam Luong

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Brooklyn, NY -- March 9, 2005 --- Kien Import Corp., 330 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 is recalling 1824 packages of uneviscerated fish. Kien Import Frozen Cooked Mackerel Fish was discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during routine inspection.

This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness.

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.

Kien Import Frozen Cooked Mackerel Fish is vacuum packed, 2 pieces per basket (1 lb.) with no code. The recalled product was sold throughout the United States.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have Kien Import Frozen Cooked Mackerel Fish are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions should contact the company at 1-718-349-8282.


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