Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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August 29, 2012

Consumer Alert - Possible Botulism Contamination in “Dried Croaker”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine today warned consumers not to eat "Dried Croaker” sold by Sun Sing Trading Inc., d/b/a Sun Sing Trading, located at 1223-1227 61st Street, Brooklyn, New York 11219, because the product was found to be uneviscerated.

The “Dried Croaker” was distributed to retail stores in the New York City Metro area.  The product is packed in 44 lb. bulk cardboard boxes and is uncoded.   The “Dried Croaker” is imported from China.

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.   The “Dried Croaker” was found by a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspector 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.  Consumers with questions may contact Sun Sing Trading Inc. at (718) 833-8801.

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