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NY Fish Inc Issues an alert on uneviscerated fish
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 17, 2010 - NY Fish Inc, 738 Chester St, Brooklyn, NY, 11236 is recalling NY Fish Brand (cold) Smoked Herring, with a code of 141, discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection. The product was found to be uneviscerated prior to processing.
This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food borne illness. Symptoms of botulism include blurred vision, general weakness and poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.
The sale of un-eviscerated 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.
The recalled NY Fish Brand Smoked Herring comes in a coded, plastic vacuum bag with code number 141. This product was sold in New York State.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who have NY Fish Brand Smoked Herring with this lot marking are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumer with questions may contact the company at (718) 342-4100.