Herring Recalled in New York for Botulism Risk

Royal sweet Bakery, Inc. is recalling its Herring in Vegetable Oil Filling over concerns the recalled product could be contaminated with the very dangerous, sometimes fatal, <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Clostidium botulinum, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

The problem was discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel, who confirmed that the fish was improperly eviscerated prior to processing.

Because of this, this product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a very serious and potentially fatal, potentially paralytic foodborne 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.

The recalled Herring in Vegetable Oil Filling comes in a 49.38 oz. plastic tub with date codes of 06.04.2011 and 09.06.2011, and is a product of Russia. Herring In Vegetable Oil Filling was sold nationwide.

No illnesses have been reported, to date, in connection with this recall. Consumers who have Herring in Vegetable Oil Filling are advised not to eat it and to return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company—which is located at 119 49 Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232—at 1.718.567.7770.

Botulism symptoms can include: General weakness, dizziness, double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech and trouble with speaking or swallowing, and dry mouth. Difficulty in breathing; weakness of other muscles—for instance, muscle weakness that starts at the shoulders and moves progressively down the body—abdominal distension, and constipation may also be common symptoms.

Botulism poisoning is extremely neurotoxic and can cause paralysis of breathing muscles, which can lead to death without treatment and respiratory ventilation in about eight percent of cases. People with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and children have a higher risk for botulism symptoms.

Complications can include infection and aspiration pneumonia, long-term weakness, respiratory distress, and long-term nervous system problems. While antibiotics are often used in treatment, they do not always resolve the foodborne illness.

Symptoms of botulism occur anywhere from eight to 36 hours after consuming food contaminated with the Clostridium botulinum toxin. Only a very small amount of this toxin is sufficient to lead to severe poisoning.

About 110 cases of botulism occur in the United States annually.

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