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

Food Safety Alert

December 15, 2008

Jessica A. Chittenden

Gulf Coast Sea Trade Corp. Issues An Alert On Uneviscerated Fish

Gulf Coast Sea Trade Inc. 4483 Rowland Avenue, El Monte, California 91731 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 Market 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 botulism 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 un-coded, 8 ounce plastic bag and is a product of Vietnam. Freshness Choice Brand Steam Mackerel was sold nation wide.                

 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 626-329-0398.

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