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

Food Safety Alert

December 01, 2005

Jessica A. Chittenden

Trilini International Import, LLC Issues an Alert on Unevicerated Fish

Trilini International Import LLC, 14A 53 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 is recalling 539 cases of uneviscerated fish.  The product, Danube Herring, Preserved, was discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection.  Subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel confirmed 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 fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning.  Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The recalled Danube Herring, Preserved, packaged in 1300g cans with container code 301006, were sold in North Eastern United States.

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

Consumers who have Danube Herring, Preserved, are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase.  Consumers with questions should contact the company at (718) 439-1700. 

2005 Consumer Alerts