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Co-Packing Tied to 10th Canner with a Botulism Risk

Josephson’s Smokehouse of Astoria, Oregon is latest US company to recall products packed by Skipanon Brand Seafood. Josephson’s Smokehouse is the tenth secondary recall of companies where Skipanon was co-packing.

These others are Dungeness Seaworks; Brigham Fish Market; Northwest Wild Products; Bornstein Seafood; The Spot; Pacific Oyster Co., dba The Fish Peddler; Garibaldi Cannery; Ecola Seafoods; and Vis Seafoods.

Josephson’s Smokehouse is recalling nine canned salmon, sturgeon and tuna products it received from Skipanon of Warrenton, Oregon with any codes starting with “OC” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced.

Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

The Josephson recall is affected by a voluntary recall initiated by Skipanon following an FDA inspection that turned up a lack of documentation and potentially under-processed products.

On Oct. 9, 2015, Skipanon recalled all lots and all sizes of its own brand of canned seafood products because of the potential botulism risk.