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Food Safety Alert

March 14, 2011

Jessica Ziehm
518-457-3136
jessica.ziehm@agriculture.ny.gov

D & M Smoked Fish, Inc Issues An Allert On Uneviscerated Schmaltz Herring And Cold Smoked Sprats

D&M Smoked Fish, Inc. located in Queens, New York, is recalling Haifa brand Schmaltz Herring with the Lot # 51 and Cold Smoked Sprats Lot #54 because the product was found to be uneviscerated.

The lot for Schmaltz Herring being recalled packed in white plastic pales with salt brine and was distributed through following food retailers in the NY area on or after February 27.

R&M Supermarket- 76-05 Main Street Flushing, NY
Royal Seafood 3100 Brighton Beach Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Ester Deli- 3664 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn, NY

The lot for Cold Smoked Sprats being recalled is packed in bulk cases and was distributed through following food retailers in the NY area on or after February 28.

Gold Label 281-285 Brighton Beach Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Gourmet Boutique- 36-88 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Ester Deli- 3664 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn, NY

The products were sampled by a New York State Agriculture and Markets Food Inspector during a routine inspection. Analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel confirmed the Schmaltz Herring and Cold Smoked sprats were not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

The sale of uneviscerated fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because of 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.

Botulism is a serious and potentially fatal form of food poisoning, causes the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled and should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-523-8899.


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