October 23, 2018

Recall of Imperial Caviar & Seafood Whitefish Roe and VIP Caviar Club Salmon Roe for Botulism Updated Again

The recalls of Imperial Caviar & Seafood brand Whitefish Roe, and VIP Caviar Club brand Salmon Roe in Canada for possible botulism contamination have been updated again by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This is the fourth time this recall has been updated to include more information. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these recalled products.

These products were sold in New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, and possibly national at the retail level. The recalled products are VIP Caviar Club Salmon Roe in 50 gram containers. The codes on the product are 27017-02 BB: 27-SEP-18 and the UPC number is 1 86866 90024 8. Also recalled is VIP Caviar Club Salmon Roe in 50 gram packages, with codes 19417-01 BB: 13-07-2018 and UPC number 1 86866 90024 8. Finally, Imperial Caviar & Seafood brand Whitefish Roe in 50 gram packages is recalled. The codes on that product are 17917-02 BB: 28-JUN-2018, and the UPC number is 1 86866 90027 9.

If you purchased these products, do not eat them. The products may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which produce the deadly toxin. You cannot see, smell, or taste this toxin, and it does not change the appearance or texture of the food. Throw these products away in a sealed or double bagged container in a secure garbage can. You can also return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

The symptoms of botulism food poisoning include facial paralysis, loss of facial expression, unreactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking, slurred speech, and a change in the sound of the voice, including hoarseness. Eventually, the paralysis this toxin causes progresses downward through the body, affecting the breathing muscles. A tiny amount of this toxin can paralyze and kill an adult human.

The recall was triggered by CFIA inspection activities. This may lead to the recall of other products. The CFIA will notify this public if this happens.

Imperial Caviar Salmon Roe Botulism Recall

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