July 13, 2020

AWERS Grained Salmon Caviar Recalled For Possible Botulism

AWERS Inc. of Bellevue, Washington is recalling Grained Salmon Caviar in 95 gram tins because it may be contaminated with botulinum toxin, which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Do not eat this product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. Botulinum toxin does not change the appearance, taste, or texture of food. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue.

AWERS Grained Salmon Caviar Botulism Recall

The recalled product is Grained Salmon Caviar, packed in 95 gram metal tins with Cyrillic lettering. The tin is green, with red and white writing with an “easy pull open lid.” The best before date on the product is BEST BEFORE OCT 07 2020, which is printed on the bottom of the tin. The caviar was distributed in California, New York, Oregon, and Washington, and may have further distributed to other states and Canada.

The product was reviewed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and sent to a lab for testing. The analysis showed a lower than normal salt content. A correct salt ratio is essential in low acid canned foods, otherwise the anaerobic environment can foster the conditions necessary for the Clostridium botulinum bacteria to grow. No bacteria was detected in the product.

The actions by consumers are a little different in this case. Normally a company would ask consumers to discard the product or take it back to the place of purchase. but AWERS wants consumers to contact them if they purchased this product, and either ship it back or destroy it with permission from AWERS, Inc. for a full refund.

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