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

Food Safety Alert

February 15, 2005

Jessica A. Chittenden

Uneviscerated Fish

NY Fish, Inc., 738 Chester Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236 is recalling all containers of its “Salt Cured Herring”.  The herring was discovered to be uneviscerated by New York Sate Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection.  Management confirms that the fish had not been eviscerated prior to processing. 

This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness. 

The sale of this type of fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish.  Uneviscerated processed fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning.  Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflex, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis. 

NY Fish, Inc. “Salt Cured Herring” is packaged in 5 gallon, white buckets.  The recalled product was sold to stores in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. 

No illnesses have been reported to date. 

Consumers who have NY Fish, Inc. “Salt Cured Herring” are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase.  Consumers with questions should contact the company at 718-342-4100.


2005 Consumer Alerts