For Immediate Release
August 20, 2015
P. East Trading Corp. located at 710 Longfellow Ave, Bronx, NY 10474 is recalling Salted Smoked Split Herring because the product was found to be uneviscerated.
The recalled Salted Smoked Split Herring was sold in New York and New Jersey. The Salted Smoked Split Herring is a product of Canada. The product was packaged in 18lb wooden boxes with a May 19, 2015 date. The product was repacked by stores for retail sale.
The uneviscerated Salted Smoked Split Herring was sampled by a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspector during a routine inspection. Subsequent analysts of the product by New York State Food laboratory personnel confirmed the herring was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.
The sale of this type of fish is prohibited under the 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 have been liked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning.
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 or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty in swallowing and respiratory paralysis.
No illnesses have been reported to date In connection with this problem. Consumers that have purchased Salted Smoked Split Herring are advised not to eat it and should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact P. East Trading Corp. at (718) 991-6070.