August 13, 2003
STATE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER
ANNOUNCES FISH RECALL
State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers announced that
uneviscerated processed Kouta and Pipe (or Circle) fish have been
voluntarily recalled by Targee West African Food Supply Inc., 523 Targee
St., Staten Island, New York, 10304. The product may be contaminated with
Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and
potentially fatal food-borne illness.
Both Kouta and Pipe (Circle) fish are sold individually from bulk displays
and are 0.5 to 1.5 pounds in size. Both types of fish were sold in the
Staten Island, New York area.
The sale of uneviscerated 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 the
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.
The product was discovered during a routine inspection of Targee West
African Food Supply Inc. by New York State Department of Agriculture and
Markets food inspectors.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products.
Consumers who have purchased these products should return them to the place
of purchase or discard them.