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Everlasting Distributors, Inc. Recalls Blue Ocean Smoked Mackerel Because of Possible Health Risk

 

Contact:
Richard Ng
201-823-0800

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Bayonne, NJ -- August 13, 2007 -- Everlasting Distributors, Inc. of Bayonne, NJ, is recalling its Blue Ocean Smoked Mackerel 8 oz. packaged frozen products because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distention and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Blue Ocean Smoked Mackerel was distributed in New York and New Jersey areas and it reached consumers through retail stores.

Blue Ocean Smoked Mackerel comes in an uncoded white styropor foam tray and vacuum packed with a clear plastic bag.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing.

The problem was discovered by NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased the Blue Ocean Smoked Mackerel 8 oz. frozen product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Everlasting Distributors, Inc. at (201) 823-0800.

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