The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets is recalling P. East Trading Corporation Salted Smoked Split Herring because the product was uneviscerated. This can increase the risk of botulism spores growing in that product.
The recalled Salted Smoked Split Herring was sold in New York and New Jersey in 18 pound wooden boxes. This product was imported from Canada. It was sampled during a routine inspection, and found to be improperly processed. Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be in the viscera if fish than in any other portions.
If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product.
The symptoms of botulism poisoning included blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, and difficulty swallowing. The poisoning, if not stopped with an antidote, can cause respiratory paralysis and death.