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

Food Safety Alert

December 15, 2008

Jessica A. Chittenden

Siam Trading Inc. Issues An Alert On Uneviscerated Fish

Siam Trading Inc. 555 Johnson Avenue , Brooklyn, New York, 11237  is recalling  Freshness Choice Brand Steam Mackerel because the product was found to be uneviscerated prior to processing. It was discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection.

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 in swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The recalled Freshness Choice Brand Steam Mackerel comes in an uncoded  8 ounce plastic bag and is a product of Vietnam. Freshness Choice Brand Steam Mackerel was sold nationwide.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who have Freshness Choice Brand Steam Mackerel are advised not to eat it and return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-381-7816/17

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