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Botulism Risk – Munia Brand Churi Dry Fish Recalled

Four Star Import & Distribution Inc, 1075 Flushing Avenue is recalling Munia Brand Churi Dry Fish discovered by New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel confirming that the product was not properly 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 the fish. Uneviscerated 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 recalled Munia Brand Churi Dry Fish comes in 200 gram plastic bags with a code of Best Before April-2013 and is a product of Bangladesh. Munia Brand Churi Dry Fish was sold nationwide.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.