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Clostridium Botulinum Risk Prompts Recall of Fish

A New York company is recalling salted herring imported from Russia because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism.

Euphoria Fancy Food Inc. of Brooklyn was informed of the problem after a routine inspection and subsequent analysis by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors determined the fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

No illnesses have been reported.

The sale of uneviscerated 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.

The recalled Herring Special Salting comes in an uncoded, 48.58 oz (1300 gr) plastic container and is a product of Russia. Herring Special Salting was sold in New York State.