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

Food Safety Alert

December 11, 2006

Jessica A. Chittenden

Uneviscerated Processed Fish

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick H. Brennan today warned consumers not to eat "Nina International brand all natural smoked boney fish" sold by Gold Coast Trading Corp., 381 Canal Place, Bronx, New York. The "smoked boney fish" was sold at retail from the Bronx store. The product was offered for sale refrigerated, in an uncoded, plastic wrapped foam tray. The product label indicates it is a product of Ghana, and is imported and distributed by Nina International, Inc., P.O. Box 2176, Hyattsville, MD 20784.

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 sale of this type of 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. Uneviscerated processed fish has been linked to outbreaks of Botulism poisoning.

The "smoked boney fish" 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.

2006 Consumer Alerts