Pacific Isles Dried Mackerel and Dried Round Scad Recalls

Date: April 10, 2012
Updated: April 11, 2012
What: Pacific Isles Hasa Hasa Dried Mackerel
Pacific Isles Galunggong Dried Round Scad
Why: Clostridium botulinum contamination
Scope: Nationwide

Update – April 11, 2012 – H.C. Foods Co. also issued a recall of these products, same lot numbers, clarified that the fish is from the Philippines and expanded the Scope of the recall from Minnesota and South Dakota to Nationwide. Consumers with questions may contact H.C. Foods Co. at (323) 722-8648, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time.


Seng Ong Wholesale of St. Paul, Minnesota is recalling dried mackerel and dried round scad after it was discovered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Laboratory personnel that the products were not properly eviscerated prior to processing due to the presence of gills. The dried mackerel and dried round scad may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne 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 dried mackerel and dried round scad are subject to recall:

  • Pacific Isles Hasa Hasa Dried Mackerel in 48 oz. cardboard cases with lot numbers 3298 and 0760 and js a product of the Philippines. This product was sold in Minnesota.
  • Pacific Isles Galunggong Dried Round Scad in 48 oz. cardboard cases with lot numbers 3228 and 3168 and is a product of the Philippines. This product was sold in Minnesota and South Dakota.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have the above dried mackerel and dried round scad are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (612) 802-3240.

Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.

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