April 14, 2003
Baltic Star Food Has Recalled Processed Fish
Richmond Hill, NY (SafetyAlerts)
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said that Baltic Star Food Production has recalled 25
packages of uneviscerated processed fish. The product, OPRA BREAM (Dried
Fish), a.k.a. "Leshch", was discovered by NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets
Food Inspectors during a routine inspection at a retail market in Richmond
Hill, New York. Samples analyzed confirmed that the fish had not been
eviscerated prior to processing.
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 me fish.
Uneviscerated processed 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.
OPRA BREAM (Dried Fish), a.k.a. "Leshch", is packaged in plastic bags, of
various weights of about half a pound. The recalled product was sold in the
Richmond Hill area of Queens.
Consumers who have OPRA BREAM (Dried Fish) are advised not to eat it.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers with questions should contact Baltic Star Food Production at (718)