|FOOD AND DRUG
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE P99-2
Consumer Media: 888-Info-FDA
January 21, 1999
SALTED UNEVISCERATED YELLOW CROAKER RECALLED BECAUSE OF
POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK
The Food and Drug Administration is announcing
that Pacific Giant, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling the HANSUNG Salted Yellow Croaker
fish, because it has 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 salted, uneviscerated yellow croaker was
distributed directly by the firm to 26 seafood distributors and supermarkets located in
the following states: California, New York, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Arizona,
Washington, Texas, and Illinois. According to the firm, approximately 624 cases of 30
lbs/case were distributed to the firm's customers during the last eighteen months.
The product, consisting of 5 to 6 whole yellow
croaker fish placed on a white plastic tray, is vacuum packed in a multi-colored 16 oz.
plastic package. The front and back of the package are labeled as "HANSUNG Salted
Yellow Croaker" and the back of the package includes the statement "IMPORTED BY
:PACIFIC GIANT, INC" and "Ingredients: Yellow Croaker, Salt ." The product
is labeled in both Korean and English.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased this product are
urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions
may contact Pacific Giant at 213-689-4000.