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Fish Recalled Due to Botulism Risk

Screen Shot 2011-10-13 at 8.15.06 PM.pngCFE International, Canadian Fish Exporters, Inc. Auburndale, MA is recalling Salted, Smoked, Split Herring, Lot Number: 1171, Plant Code: 2406 Producer: Leslie Leger & Sons, Ltd. Cap Pele, NB, Canada. A routine sample collected at a retail store by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets found the product to be uneviscerated. Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish.

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

The product was distributed in 18 lb wooden boxes (40-60 count) thru distributors in: CT, FL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PR, VA and packaged by retail stores in various weight range from ½ lb to 1.5 lb.

No illnesses have been reported to date.