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Food Safety Alert

June 02, 2011

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

Michel and Charles LeBlanc Fisheries Ltd. Issues an Alert on Uneviscerated Smoked Split Herring

Michel and Charles LeBlanc Fisheries, located in Cap-Pele, New Brunswick, Canada, is recalling Michel and Charles LeBlanc Brand Smoked Split Herring with two particular date codes (production dates January 4, 2011 and April 14, 2011) because the product was found to be uneviscerated.

The Michel and Charles LeBlanc Brand Smoked Split Herring being recalled is packed in 18 lb. wooden boxes and has the production date codes of January 4, 2011 and April 14, 2011 stamped on the boxes. The product was distributed in Brooklyn and Bronx, New York.

The product was 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 Smoked Split Herring had not been completely eviscerated prior to processing.

The sale of uneviscerated or incompletely eviscerated 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.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers are warned not to use the product with January 4, 2011 or April 14, 2011 date codes, even if it does not look or smell spoiled, and should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with any questions may contact:

Michel LeBlanc
Michel and Charles LeBlanc Fisheries Ltd.
P.O. Box 1247
Cap-Pele, New Brunswick
E4N 3A9 Canada
Tel: (506) 577-2993

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