June 17, 2009: Botulism Threat Prompts Mackerel Recall

According to a company press release dated June 10, 2009, the Bao Ding Seafood Company of New York, NY, has recalled its Boiled Horse Mackerel.  It was recently discovered that the recalled Mackerel product was not eviscerated prior to processing and therefore has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium capable of causing the life-threatening illness known as botulism. 

Someone who has eaten product contaminated with the botulinum toxin may experience some of the following symptoms:  general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble speaking or swallowing.  Further symptoms that are also common include trouble breathing, weakness in other muscles, abdominal distension, and constipation.  Please see Botulism Symptoms for more information. 

The Boiled Horse Mackerel that has been recalled is packaged in vacuum packed plastic bags with a net weight of 450g, and was sold in New York State.

The Mackerel may not appear spoiled or give off any odors, and consumers are warned not to eat it even if it seems normal.  The press release cautions that individuals should seek immediate medical attention if they are experiencing any of the above symptoms.

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369 comments June 17th, 2009

May 5, 2009: Botulinum Toxin Products To Carry Black Box Warning

Serious Adverse Events Are Linked To Botulinum Toxin Products:

The FDA will require labeling for the botulinum toxin products BOTOX®, Myobloc®, Dysport® to include a “Black Box Warning,” alerting doctors and patients of the serious and life-threatening side effects that these products can trigger.  A Black Box Warning is the strongest warning that the FDA can require a prescription drug to include in its labeling. 

Botulinum Toxin Products Labeling Change:

BOTOX®, Myobloc®, and Dysport® all contain the same toxin that causes botulism.  The FDA has mandated the Black Box Warning following reports that the effects of the botulinum toxin may spread from the injection site to other areas of the body, causing symptoms similar to those of botulism, including unexpected loss of strength or muscle weakness, hoarseness or trouble talking, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids.

In its News Release, the FDA stated that these side effects have been reported most frequently in children with cerebral palsy and being treated with the products for muscle spasticity, an unapproved use of the drugs. Side effects have also been reported in adults treated both for approved and unapproved uses.

The updated labeling changes will also include safety information alerting doctors that BOTOX®, Myobloc®, and Dysport® are not interchangeable.  The lack of interchangeability presents the potential for serious safety risks such as overdosing of patients.

What You Can Do To Protect Your Legal Rights:

Since 1984, the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg has represented hundreds of individuals injured by dangerous and defective drug products.  The firm has played a leading role in the litigation of high-profile drug lawsuits including Vioxx, Baycol, and blood products.  We are ready to help you.  If you believe that you or a family member was injured as a result of BOTOX®, Myobloc®, Dysport® therapy please submit a Free Case Evaluation Form, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.

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243 comments May 5th, 2009

February 3, 2009: Stonewall Kitchen Recalls Products

On January 23, 2009, Stonewall Kitchen of York, Maine, recalled seven dessert sauces because the products have the potential to be contaminated with the life-threatening foodborne pathogen, Clostridium botulinum. Stonewall Kitchen warns consumers not to consume the recalled sauces, even if they do not look or smell spoiled.

Products subject to the recall:

According to a company press release, the products were distributed nationwide to consumers through the nine Stonewall Kitchen Company Stores, Stonewall Kitchen’s direct-to-consumer division (catalog/internet) and through their wholesale division. Products could have been purchased individually or within a gift basket. This recall affects all product codes and expiration dates for:

Stonewall Kitchen Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce (SKU 161312) – round glass jar, 12 oz.

Stonewall Kitchen Chocolate Peanut Butter (SKU 161211) – round glass jar, 12 oz.

Stonewall Kitchen Coffee Caramel Sauce (SKU 161204) – round glass jar, 13 oz.

Stonewall Kitchen Dulce de Leche Sauce (SKU 161214) – round glass jar, 12.5 oz.

Barefoot Contessa Espresso Dulce de Leche (SKU 542313) – round glass jar, 10.5 oz.

The following list of products was distributed nationwide to consumers through A-Hold Corporation (Stop & Shop and Giant stores). This recall affects all product codes and expiration dates for:

Simply Enjoy Coffee Caramel Sauce – square glass jar, 13 oz.

Simply Enjoy Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce – square glass jar, 12 oz.

Clostridium botulinum toxin can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition. The toxin cannot be removed by cooking or freezing.  To learn more please click Symptoms and Complications of Botulism.

The above information has been posted as a courtesy by Food Poisoning Lawyer, Eric H. Weinberg. Please read carefully, and keep yourself and your loved ones safe!

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249 comments February 3rd, 2009

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.

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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.

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238 comments December 15th, 2008

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