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

Food Safety Alert

October 25, 2010

Jessica Ziehm

Possible Botulism Contamination in “Salted Holland Herring”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today warned consumers not to eat "Salted Holland Herring” sold by Brighton Bazaar Inc., located at 1007 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11235, because the product was found to be uneviscerated.
The “Salted Holland Herring” was sold from the above retail store to consumers in the New York City Metro area.  The product was offered for sale as a bulk item in the seafood cooler.  The product is uncoded and is a product of Russia.
Uneviscerated processed 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 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 “Salted Holland Herring” was found by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors during a routine inspection of the firm.  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.

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