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

Food Safety Alert

April 17, 2017

Jola Szubielski, Lisa Koumjian 518-457-0752

Consumer Alert: Possible Botulism Contamination in Salted Fish

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today warned consumers not to eat salted fish sold by 5th Ave. Kings Fruit and Vegetable Corporation located at 6824 5th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.  The product was found to be uneviscerated and the Department is unable to determine the source of the fish being sold.  To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the product.

Uneviscerated, processed fish are prohibited under New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ regulations because they 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 salted fish is packaged in a clear, unlabeled plastic bag and offered for sale at refrigerated temperatures.  It is a whole fish approximately 18 inches long. All product was sold from the retail location at 6824 5th Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.

The uneviscerated salted fish was found by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors during a routine inspection of the retail store.  Analysis by New York State Food Laboratory confirmed the product to be uneviscerated.

Consumers who have this product are advised not to eat it.  Consumers with question about the recalled product may contact the firm President, Ayman Kassim at 718-238-9696.

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