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

Food Safety Alert

July 24, 2008

Jessica A. Chittenden

Possible Botulism Contamination in “Smoked Mud Fish”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today warned consumers not to eat "Smoked Mud Fish" sold by the Central African Market located at 25B Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10701, and the African Carribean Market located at 1415 N. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, New York 14621, because the product was uneviscerated.

The "Smoked Mud Fish" was sold in the Yonkers and Rochester areas in un-coded, unlabeled plastic bags.

Uneviscerated 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 fish has been linked to outbreaks of Botulism poisoning.

Because the fish is uneviscerated, the product may be come 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 "Smoked Mud Fish" was found by a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspector during a routine inspection. 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.


2008 Consumer Alerts