September 21, 2000
Fish Sausage Recalled in New York
NY (SafetyAlerts) - New York State
Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers today announced the recall of Fish Sausage in
plastic casings, which is sold in 7.6 ounce packages. The product could be tainted with
Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism.
The product is coded on the reverse
side of the package, "BEST BEFORE 06.07.2001." Anyone possessing this product is
urged to discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
The recall follows a routine sampling
in the Hester Street store by food safety inspectors from the New York State Department of
Agriculture and Markets. Laboratory analysis found pH (acidity), salt and water activity
levels in the product, which could permit Clostridium botulinum to develop and produce the
toxin which can result in botulism if consumed. There have been no reported illnesses
associated with this product according to Department officials.
The product, which is packed in Hong
Kong, is being recalled by Aji Ichiban LLC, an importer and retail store in New York City.
According to the company, the product was sold only at their 167 Hester Street retail
store. Placards alerting customers of this matter have been posted at the store in both
English and Chinese. New York State Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors are evaluating
other codes and package sizes of the product.
Symptoms of botulism, which can be fatal, include blurred or double vision, general
weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory distress. Symptoms usually
appear between 12-36 hours after ingestion, but may take several days. Anyone experiencing
these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
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