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Royal International Trading, Inc. Issues an Alert on Uneviscerated Fish
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Brooklyn, NY -- January 30, 2007 -- Royal International Trading, Inc. is recalling uneviscerated "Russian Sea" Atlantic herring. "Russian Sea" Atlantic herring was discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel confirmed that the fish had not been eviscerated prior to processing.
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.
The recalled "Russian Sea" Atlantic herring comes in 1300gr metal cans with the following code embossed on can: 01/10/06 413N74 IP and were sold in Brooklyn.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers who have purchased "Russian Sea" Atlantic herring are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions should contact the company at 1-718-567-7770.