Smoked Croaker, Barracuda, Big Eye, Red Snapper Recalls
|Date:||April 10, 2012|
|What:||Pescadero Smoked Croaker, Smoked Barracuda, Smoked Big Eye, and Smoked Red Snapper|
|Why:||Clostridium botulinum contamination|
|Scope:||Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota|
Import Foods Wholesale in St. Paul, Minnesota is recalling Pescadero Smoked Croaker, Smoked Barracuda, Smoked Big Eye, and Smoked Red Snapper after it was discovered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Laboratory personnel that the smoked fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing. These products may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness.
The sale of improperly eviscerated fish, 5 inches in length or greater, is prohibited 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 which may pose a potentially life-threatening health hazard. Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis which may lead to death. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
The following recalled products were sold to retail stores in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa:
- Smoked Croaker comes in a 10 lb. cardboard box with a code 298/11 and is a product of Guyana;
- Smoked Barracuda comes in a 10 lb. cardboard box with a code 0282/011 and is a product of Guyana;
- Smoked Big Eye comes in a 10 lb. cardboard box with a code: 287L10 and is product of Guyana;
- Smoked Red Snapper comes in a 10 lb. cardboard box with a code: 298-11 is a product of Guyana.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers who have Smoked Croaker, Smoked Barracuda, Smoked Big Eye, and Smoked Red Snapper are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (612) 876-5412.
Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.