April 2013

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the smoked fish products described below because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The following vacuum-packed products sold at Hooked stores in Toronto are affected by this alert:



Cold Smoked Steelhead (may also be written as Cold Smoked Salmon or Cold Smoked Sockeye)

A25 (may also be written as A-25; 04 25;
04/25; Apr 25; Apr 25, 2013; Apr 25/2013)

Cold Smoked Steelhead (may also be written as Cold Smoked Salmon or Cold Smoked Sockeye)

A31 (may also be written as A-31; 04 31;
04/31; Apr 31; Apr 31, 2013; Apr 31/2013)

These products have no label or UPC code. The product name is handwritten on the package.

These products have been sold from Hooked stores at:

– 888 Queen Street East, Toronto, and

– 206 Baldwin Street, Toronto.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with the toxin may cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, headache, double vision, dry throat, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Little Mermaid Smoke House is recalling its Smoked Herring and Pickled Herring because the viscera of the fish were not removed and the products now pose a risk of contamination by Clostridium botulinum, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Botulism bacteria can cause life-threatening illness and consumers are warned not to eat the products even if they don’t look or smell spoiled.

The recalled products are manufactured by Little Mermaid Smoke House and were distributed in California. The products are sold as whole fish, packaged in vacuum-sealed packaging, and labeled “Little Mermaid Smoke House.” There are no codes listed on the products. The recall includes products sold before April 3.

The public is being warned not to eat Central-Epicure Gefilte Fish, Ready to Serve, Sweet and Savoury.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product may be contaminated with the bacteria that can cause botulism, a sometimes life-threatening illness.

The fish was sold in Ontario and Quebec in 600 gram packages with a best before date of April 13, 2013 (UPC code 061279 00440 3 & 061279 00440 7).

So far no reported illnesses have been linked the fish.

The manufacturer, Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd., of Toronto, has recalled the affected products from the marketplace and the CFIA is monitoring the recall.