The Fish Might Make You Sick

Recall of uneviscerated fish product that may cause Botulism

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

W H & Group LLC is recalling dried fish that was not eviscerated prior to processing. New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors made the discovery during a routine inspection.

This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness.

The sale of this type of fish is prohibited under New York State 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. Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The recalled dried fish comes in an unmarked cardboard box. Each fish is approximately 7-7.5 inches in length. The fish is sold in a bulk form or and may be re-packed into clear unlabeled, uncoded plastic bags. It is a product of China. The product was sold in New York State.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who have dried fish are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumer with questions may contact the company at 718-963-1010.