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

Food Safety Alert

November 16, 2011

Michael Moran, 518-457-0752

Consumer Alert - Possible Botulism Contamination in “Salted Smoked Herring”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine today warned consumers not to eat "Salted Smoked Herring” sold by Juncalito Abajo Meat Corp., d/b/a Associated, located at 1380 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11239 and distributed by P West In Food Inc., located at 810 Bank Street in Brooklyn, NY, because the product was found to be uneviscerated.

The “Salted Smoked Herring” was sold from retail stores to consumers in the New York City  Metro area.  The product was repacked from bulk in the store and offered for sale at ambient temperatures.  The product is uncoded and is a product of Canada.

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.

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 Smoked 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.

2011 Consumer Alerts