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K-Fat Inc. Issues Alert on Uneviscerated Mackerel Fish


K-Fat Inc.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Brooklyn, NY -- January 16, 2009 -- K-Fat Inc., Brooklyn, New York 11206 is recalling "Golden Dragon Fish brand Frozen Cooked Mackerel Fish" because the product was found to be uneviscerated prior to processing. It was discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a 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.

The recalled "Golden Dragon Fish brand Frozen Cooked Mackerel Fish" comes in an uncoded 250G plastic bag and basket and is a product of Vietnam. "Golden Dragon Fish brand Frozen Cooked Mackerel Fish" was sold in New York and New Jersey.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who have "Golden Dragon Fish brand Frozen Cooked Mackerel Fish" are advised not to eat it, and return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (718) 381-0306.


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