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July 22, 2002

BCN Trading Has Recalled Asian Boy "Frozen Steamed Mackerel"

Brooklyn, NY (SafetyAlerts) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that BCN Trading Inc. has recalled 2,250 pkgs. of uneviscerated processed fish. The product, Asian Boy "Frozen Steamed Mackerel" was discovered by NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection at a retail market in Rochester, NY. 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.

Asian Boy "Frozen Steamed Mackerel" is packaged in uncoded, 2 fish/wicker basket, inside poly bag, UPC code 8935026010899, product of Vietnam. It was distributed to markets in NY, Florida, Mass, Conn., NJ.

Consumers who have Asian Boy "Frozen Steamed Mackerel" are advised not to eat it.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers with questions should contact BCN Trading Inc. at 50 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205 at 718-522-3388

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