Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner

Food Safety Alert

April 25, 2014

Joe Morrissey 518-457-0752

Consumer Alert - Possible Botulism Contamination in Sea Tide Brand “Pickled Alewives/Salted Herring”

New York State Agriculture and Markets Acting Commissioner Richard A. Ball today warned consumers not to eat Sea Tide brand "Pickled Alewives,” a brined fish that may have been sold as Salted Herring by Meme Store, located at 156 St. Paul Street, Brooklyn, New York 11226, because the product was found to be uneviscerated.

The Sea Tide “Pickled Alewives” was sold from Meme Store to their consumers in the NYC Metro area.  The product was repacked per customer request from bulk in the store.  The bulk container is coded as “1783” and is a product of Canada.

Uneviscerated processed fish is prohibited under New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish.

Because the fish is uneviscerated, the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness. Symptoms of Botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The “Pickled Alewives” was found by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors during a routine inspection of the firm.  Subsequent analysis by New York State Food Laboratory personnel confirmed the product to be uneviscerated.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the product. Consumers who have this product are advised not to eat it.


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