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

October 12th, 2008

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.

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