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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) 846-9094.


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