Aug 10, 2000Undetermined Amount of Fish Sold
In Three States Recalled
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
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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