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JFC International Inc. Recalls "Frozen Capelin" Due To Possible Health Risk


Mr. Masashi Inoue


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 23, 2010 - JFC International, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling all of its un-eviscerated Frozen Capelin because they have 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 distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention. The recalled "Frozen Capelin" was distributed nationwide in retail stores and restaurants.

The recalled Frozen Capelin comes in a plastic wrapped Styrofoam tray with the following descriptions/codes: FROZEN CAPELIN (SHISHAMO “IMURA”) in all lots, all sizes (for example, 7L8P, 6L10P…etc.). UPC/Bar code of: 4-954559-197055, 4-954559-197062, 4-954559-197079, 4-954559-197086, 4-954559-197093, 4-954559-197116, and 4-954559-197123. The country of origin is Vietnam. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets discovered that the fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing. All involved product has been removed from JFC corporate stores and the company continue their investigation.

Consumers who have purchased any Frozen Capelin products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-633-1004, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm PST.



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