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Aug 10, 2000

Undetermined Amount of Fish Sold In Three States Recalled

Brooklyn, NY (SafetyAlerts) - New York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers has announced that fish distributor Roman Enterprises & Sons, of Brooklyn, New York is voluntarily recalling its uneviscerated processed fish.

This product, labeled in Russian, was discovered by New York food inspectors during an inspection of a large public warehouse facility in Brooklyn, New York. Food samples analyzed at the New York State Food Laboratory confirmed that the fish had not been eviscerated prior to processing.

The 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 the fish. Uneviscerated processed fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning.

Consumers who have this product are advised not to eat it.

According to the distributor, the product was imported into the United States by BP International. It is sold to grocery stores in large cardboard boxes that weigh approximately 20 pounds. Distribution records indicate the product has been sold to grocery stores in the Metropolitan New York City area, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. New York Agriculture and Markets food inspectors are continuing their investigation.

Symptoms of Botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers August 10, 2000.

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