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Dried Fish With Guts Intact = Botulism Risk

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is warning of possible botulism poisoning from dried uneviscerated fish found on the shelves of ethnic grocery stores in the Twin Cities.

MDA officials discovered and embargoed more than 400 pounds of the fish, which has not had the internal organs removed. Eating dried uneviscerated fish can result in food-borne botulism poisoning.

The dried uneviscerated fish in question are typically salted, and in some cases smoked. Consumers are asked to throw away any dried uneviscerated fish they may have at home.

There are no reports of illness linked to consumption of the dried uneviscerated fish, but MDA embargoed the fish due to the high risk of it being contaminated with Clostridium bacteria known to produce potentially deadly botulinum toxins.