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Botulism Risk in Canned Tuna from Oregon

ucm466533Skipanon Brand Seafood LLC of Warrenton, OR, is voluntarily recalling ALL LOTS, ALL SIZES of ALL Skipanon brand canned seafood products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use any of the recalled product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distention and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

There have been no reported cases of illness to date.

Products were distributed to wholesalers and retailers in Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington and sold to Internet customers nationwide from the website at skipanonbrand.com. The last date of distribution of recalled products is September 2015.

Affected production codes include any codes starting with “OC.” The code can be found either at the bottom or on top of the can. Products are packaged in metal cans with net weights ranging from 5.5 oz. to 66.5 oz.

This voluntary recall was initiated due to lack of documentation and possibly under-processed products. The problem was discovered during an inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is ongoing. This recall is being made with the knowledge of FDA and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.