July 13, 2020

Boffo’s Rainbow Trout Recalled in Canada For Possible Botulism

Boffo’s brand Applewood Smoked Rainbow Trout is being recalled in Canada because the product may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The product was sold in Ontario at the retail level. ┬áNo illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recalled product is Boffo”s Applewood Smoked Rainbow Trout in variable size containers. All products sold up to and including February 27, 2019 are recalled. There is no UPC number on the product package.

The Clostridium botulinum bacteria produces spores that can survive the processing or canning process in low acid foods. The spores can start growing in an anaerobic environment, and will produce the toxin. Any food contaminated with this toxin will not look or smell spoiled, and the texture and taste will not be affected.

Symptoms of botulism poisoning in adults include facial paralysis, loss of expression, unreactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, and blurred or double vision. The paralysis progresses downward from the head in a symmetrical manner, and will eventually cause paralysis of the muscles that let you breathe. An antidote is available, but is usually only administered through hospitals.

If you purchased this product, do not eat it, even if you plan to cook it. Throw it away in a sealed container in a secure garbage can with a tight lid. You can also take it back to the store where you purchased it for a refund.

The recall was triggered by CFIA test results. A food safety investigation is being conducted, and more products may be recalled.

Boffo Smoked Rainbow Trout Botulism Recall

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