Fish Recall For Botulism Contamination

Euphoria Fancy Foods Inc. Fish Recall: Dried Bream Possibly Contaminated With Botulism

A fish recall has been issued by Euphoria Fancy Food Inc. in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to possible contamination with Clostridium botulinum spores, which are the spores that cause botulism.

The current fish recall affects dried bream fish that is packaged in uncoded, 7.5 ounce vacuum packed plastic bags. The UPC number for the dried bream affected by the fish recall is 7930042250954. The fish is a product of Russia and was sold nationwide.

According to the fish recall press release issued by Euphoria Fancy Food Inc., the problem with the dried bream was discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of product by Food Laboratory personnel. The fish had not been properly eviscerated prior to processing, which resulted in possible contamination with the spores that cause botulism.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by the nerve toxin Clostridium botulinum. Food-borne botulism, which is the reason for the present fish recall, is caused by consuming the Botulism spores. Symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness.

Evisceration, or complete removal of the gut of the fish, is required New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations to remove the intestines of the fish where the Clostridium botulinum spores are most likely to be concentrated, reports Food Safety News. Unfortunately, the dried bream affected by this fish recall were not properly eviscerated, meaning that dangerous contaminates could still be lurking inside the fish.

No illnesses have yet been associated with this fish recall.

Consumers who purchased this dried beam are urged to return the fish to the place of purchase. Questions about this fish recall can be directed at Euphoria Fancy Food Inc. by calling 718-768-3400.

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