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

Food Safety Alert

February 03, 2009

Jessica A. Chittenden

Dried Croaker Fish , WH & Group LLC

WH & Group LLC. at 287 Vandervoort Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11211 is recalling Dried Croaker Fish discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of product by Food Laboratory personnel confirming that the fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.
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 Dried Croaker Fish comes in an uncoded, 10 oz. plastic bag and is a product of China. Dried Croaker Fish was sold in New York State.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who have Dried Croaker Fish are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-963-1010.


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