Crown Farms Brand “Gulsha” Fish Recalled Over Possible Salmonella

Asia Cash and Carry Inc. of Maspeth, New York is recalling 17 cases of CROWN FARMS brand “GULSHA” Frozen Fish, a Bangladeshi Freshwater Fish, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The recall was implemented because the CROWN FARMS brand “GULSHA” Frozen Fish was found to have the potential to be contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, food borne pathogen <"">salmonella.

The CROWN FARMS brand “GULSHA” Bangladeshi Freshwater Fish was distributed to retail stores in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, and Virginia; was imported from Bangladesh; and was distributed in cases containing vacuum-packed 500-gram packages bearing a production date of AUG 2008, an expiration date of JULY 2010, and a UPC of 5 060065 430704. Each case contains 16 500-gram packages of the recalled CROWN FARMS brand “GULSHA” Frozen Bangladeshi Freshwater Fish. The FDA said that, to date, no illnesses have been reported.

The FDA also said that the recall is the result of sampling it conducted, which revealed that the finished product contained the salmonella bacteria. Asia Cash and Carry had partially distributed the entry prior to the FDA’s findings of potential salmonella contamination.

The FDA is urging consumers who have purchased CROWN FARMS brand “GULSHA” Frozen Bangladeshi Freshwater Fish with a production date of AUG 2008 and an expiration date of JULY 2010 to return the potentially contaminated, recalled fish to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Asia Cash and Carry in New York at 1-718-894-2505, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal Salmonellosis infections in young children and weak or elderly people. If infected, healthy people may experience fever; diarrhea, which may be bloody; nausea; vomiting; abdominal pain; and cramping within 12 to 72 hours of contamination. Generally, the illness lasts a week, but, in some, hospitalization is required because the infection may have spread to the blood stream and other body sites. Without treatment, severe cases of Salmonellosis can result in death. Unfortunately, some salmonella bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, largely due to the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of feed animals.

Salmonella is usually found in food contaminated with animal feces and is a group of bacteria that passes from the feces of people or animals to other people or animals, causing contamination when food is improperly stored or handled and when preparers do not wash their hands or sanitize implements involved in food storage.

Salmonella is the most frequently reported cause of food-related outbreaks of stomach illnesses worldwide. Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination. A victim of Reiter’s Syndrome may have already been treated for the initial infection, and it can be weeks before the symptoms of Reiter’s Syndrome become apparent. Reiter’s Syndrome, which can plague its victims for months or years, is said to occur when reactive arthritis is evident and at least one other non-joint area—such as the eyes, skin, or muscles—is affected.

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