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Food Safety Alert

August 07, 2007

Jessica A. Chittenden
518-457-3136
jessica.chittenden@agriculture.ny.gov

Future International Inc. Recalls Dried Vobla Due To Possible Health Risk

Future International Inc.
1600 St. Georges Avenue Suite
218 Rahway, NJ 07065
Tel: 732-388-6898 Fax: 732-388-6816


August 7, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: M. Leis-732-388-6898

FUTURE INTERNATIONAL INC. RECALLS DRIED VOBLA DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

Future International Inc. located at 1600 St. Georges Avenue, Rahway, New Jersey 07065, is recalling packages of DRIED VOBLA because the product may be contaminated with Clostridium Botulinum, 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 Department of Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than in any other portion of fish. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning. Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, and poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The recalled DRIED VOBLA was distributed nationwide

The product comes in a 110g (3.87oz) vacuum packed clear plastic bag labeled Dried Vobla with a Code Number 07/05/07.

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

The uneviscerated fish was discovered after sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of viscera in packages of DRIED VOBLA.

Consumers who have purchased packages of DRIED VOBLA are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Future International Inc. at (732)388-6898 http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/FoodSafetyAlets/vobla.htm

Sincerely,


Future International Inc.


2007 Consumer Alerts