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February 3, 2009: Golden Dragon Fish Brand Frozen Cooked Mackerel Recalled

On January 16, 2009, K-Fat Inc., Brooklyn, NY, recalled “Golden Dragon Fish brand Frozen Cooked Mackerel Fish” because the product was processed uneviscerated.  As a result, the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can lead to the potentially fatal foodborne illness known as botulism.

Recalled “Golden Dragon Fish brand Frozen Cooked Mackerel Fish” comes in an uncoded 250G plastic bag and basket and is a product of Vietnam. “Golden Dragon Fish brand Frozen Cooked Mackerel Fish” was sold in New York and New Jersey.

Consumers are warned to not consume this product.

Uneviscerated, salt-cured, whole fish products have been linked to the following fatal botulism outbreaks in the past.

United States, 1981 – 1087: Three outbreaks of botulism causing 3 deaths and 11 illnesses are linked to Kapchunka, an uneviscerated, salt-cured, air-dried whole whitefish.

Egypt, 1991: Two botulism outbreaks resulting in 91 illnesses and 18 deaths are linked to Faseikh.  Faseikh is made by fermenting uneviscerated fresh mullet, followed by a salt-curing.

To learn more, see Botulism Symptoms, or please visit our additional site www.foodpoisoning.com.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. To contact us, please call our toll free number at 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation. To learn more about our law firm please see Food Poisoning Lawyer.

For information concerning recent food poisoning outbreaks and food poisoning litigation, please see Peanut Butter Lawsuit, Listeria Lawyer, and Salmonella Lawyer.

160 comments February 3rd, 2009

December 15, 2008: FDA Warns Of Botulism Risk From Ungutted Salt-Cured Alewives (Gaspereaux) Fish

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning retailers and food service operators not to offer for sale ungutted, salt-cured alewives (also called gaspereaux fish) from Michel & Charles LeBlanc Fisheries Ltd., CAP-PELÈ, New Brunswick, Canada, because the fish may contain the Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) toxin. Consumers are warned not to consume the product.

C. botulinum toxin can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition. The toxin cannot be removed by cooking or freezing.

According to the FDA, the fish were imported into the United States and sent to the following Florida distributors:

  • Quirch Foods Inc.
  • Den-Mar Exports LLC
  • Dolphin Fisheries Inc.
  • Labrador & Son Food Products Inc.

According to the FDA website:

The fish were packed in 30-pound, white plastic pails with green plastic lids. The brand name “Michel & Charles LeBlanc Fisheries Ltd.,” appears on the side of the pails, as does the phrase “Product of Canada.” One hundred seventy-three (173) 30 lb. pails of fish were distributed. The fish may have been repacked or sold loose by retailers in Florida.

The FDA considers any ungutted fish over five inches in length that is salt-cured, dried, or smoked, such as the ungutted, salt-cured alewives/gaspereaux fish, to be adulterated because it could contain the C. botulinum toxin. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services discovered the ungutted alewives/gaspereaux fish from Michel & Charles LeBlanc Fisheries Ltd. being sold in stores and alerted the FDA. The FDA prohibits the sale of this adulterated product in the United States.

To date, there have been no reported illnesses associated with this product. However, consumers who have purchased ungutted, salt-cured alewives/gaspereaux fish in Florida should contact the place of purchase to determine if the fish they bought originated from Michel & Charles LeBlanc Fisheries Ltd. If the fish were from this company or if the source of the fish cannot be determined, consumers should immediately discard the fish and any foods made with these fish.

Symptoms of botulism poisoning can begin from six hours to 10 days after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness that affects first the shoulders and then moves progressively down the rest of the body. Botulism poisoning can also cause paralysis of the breathing muscles which can result in death unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided.

Individuals who show these symptoms and who may have recently eaten alewives/gaspereaux fish should seek immediate medical attention.

To learn more, see botulism symptoms, or please visit our additional site www.foodpoisoning.com.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. To contact us, please call our toll free number at 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation. To learn more about our law firm please see Food Poisoning Lawyer.

For recent outbreak and food recall news, please see Salmonella Outbreak Ohio and Minnesota, Listeria Bacon Bit Recall, and Listeria Burrito Recall.

238 comments December 15th, 2008

October 13, 2008: FDA Warns Of Frozen Croaker Botulism Risk

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker issued a consumer alert on October 6, warning consumers not to eat Frozen Salted Croaker distributed by YS Trading Corp., of Long Island City, NY, because it was uneviscerated and could be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores.  The bacterium Clostridium botulinum can cause the life-threatening illness known as botulism.

According the the FDA alert:

Uneviscerated fish is prohibited under New York State Department of 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.

Because the fish is uneviscerated, the product may become contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness. Symptoms of Botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The “Frozen Salted Croaker” was sold in Hicksville and Flushing, New York, and New Jersey in un-coded, unlabeled plastic bags.  The FDA has advised consumers to not eat this product.

For more information about botulism, please visit our additional website www.foodpoisoning.com.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you believe that you are the victim of foodborne botulism, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation.  To learn more about our practice, please see Food Poisoning Lawyer.

To learn more about recent food recalls, outbreaks, and legal news, please see Illinois E. coli Lettuce, Michigan E. coli Lettuce, Vermont E. coli Lawyer, and Salmonella IHOP.

118 comments October 12th, 2008

April 28, 2008: HC Fresh Frozen Salted Croaker Recalled

On April 1, 2008, Grand Supercenter, Inc. of Lyndhurst, New Jersey recalled HC Fresh Frozen Salted Croaker, because the product may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinumClostridium botulinum is a bacterium that can cause the life-threatening illness known as botulism.

The following product is subject to the recall:

HC Fresh, Frozen Salted Croaker,
Net. Wt.: 16.9 oz (480 gram),
Item # HC 0500402,
Expiration Date: Aug 02, 2009

HC Fresh Frozen Salted Croaker was distributed through H Mart stores including H Mart and Super H Mart in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas area.  Consumers should not use the product, even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism is a serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin, which blocks nerve function, leading to respiratory and musculoskeletal paralysis. An individual with botulism may experience double vision, blurred vision, dry mouth, inability to swallow, difficulty speaking or slurred speech, muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, and an inability to breathe.

Botulism can be fatal, and medical attention should be sought immediately.  For more information about botulism, please visit our additional website www.foodpoisoning.com.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you believe that you are the victim of foodborne botulism, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation.  To learn more about our practice, please see Food Poisoning Lawyer.

For information regarding recent food poisoning outbreaks, please see Malt-O-Meal Salmonella Lawyer, Claudia Sanders Food Poisoning, E. coli Sarpy County, and Hepatitis A Chipotle Grill.

1 comment April 28th, 2008

February 6, 2008: Recall Issued for Olivier Brand Dip Due To Possible Clostridium Botulinum Contamination

Olivier Olive Oil Products, Inc of St. Helena, California, has issued a recall for Olivier brand Parmesan & Asiago Dip with Garlic & Basil, because the product may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinumClostridium botulinum and its toxin can cause the life-threatening illness known as botulism.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture is urging consumers to check their pantries and cupboards for the recall product. Olivier brand products subject to the recall were distributed to William-Sonoma retail stores nationwide and to Olivier Napa Valley retail stores located in Truckee and St. Helena, California. Olivier Parmesan & Asiago Dip with Garlic & Basil labeled with the following lot codes are affected by the recall:

  • OPA 34171
  • OPA 23471
  • OAP 17271
  • OAP 17671
  • OAP 36061
  • OAP 36161
  • OPA 33961

The recalled dip is packaged in 11.76 ounce jars. Lot code numbers can be found on the side of the glass jar where there is no label.

According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture press release:

Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Symptoms of botulism include: 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. There have been no reported illnesses……….

Even tiny amounts of the Clostridium botulinum toxin can cause serious illness when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the eye or a break in the skin. Skin contact should be avoided as much as possible, and hands should be washed immediately after handling the food.

When disposing of these products, double-bag the product in plastic bags. Make sure the bags are tightly closed, then place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home. Retailers should ensure that such products are only placed in locked receptacles that are not accessible to the public.

To learn more about foodborne botulism and botulism symptoms, please visit our additional site www.foodpoisoning.com.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. To contact us, please call our toll free number at 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation. To learn more about our law firm please see Food Poisoning Lawyer and Botulism Lawyer.

To learn more about recent food recalls and food poisoning outbreaks, please see, Listeria lawsuitPeanut Butter Lawyer and Peanut Butter Lawsuit.

135 comments February 6th, 2008

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