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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Botulism Risk! Uneviscerated Fish - Salted, Smoked & Split Herring


CFE International Fish Exporters Issues Alert on Uneviscerated Salted, Smoked, Split Herring

Lot Code: 1171, Plant Registration #2406

James Scannell/Jeffrey Long
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 11, 2011 - CFE 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.

Consumers are cautioned not to use this product, even if it does not look or smell spoiled, and it should be returned to the place of purchase.  Consumers with any questions can contact: James Scannell/Jeffrey Long,  CFE International  Canadian Fish Exporters, Inc.  134 Rumford Avenue, Suite 202, Auburndale, MA 02466-1377 or by telephone 617-924-8300 between 9am -5 pm Monday through Friday.

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