July 13, 2020

Recall of AWERS Grained Salmon Caviar For Botulism Expanded

The recall of AWERS Grained Salmon Caviar (Sockeye Salmon Caviar) for possible Clostridium botulinum contamination that was posted on August 16, 2019 has been expanded to include more “best before” codes. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue.

Recall of AWERS Grained Salmon Caviar For Botulism Expanded

The recalled products is Grained Salmon Caviar sold in 95 gram tins. The codes that are recalled have these dates:

  • “BEST BEFORE JUL 03 2020”
  • “BEST BEFORE JUL 15 2020”
  • “BEST BEFORE SEP 17 2020”
  • “BEST BEFORE OCT 07 2020”
  • “BEST BEFORE OCT 13 2020”

These products could be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that produces the botulism toxin that can be fatal if ingested. This toxin can be present in foods even though the product looks, smells, and tastes normal. Do not try even a small bite of any this product.

Symptoms of botulism food poisoning include double vision, general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble speaking or swallowing. These symptoms eventually progress to difficulty breathing, and weakness of other muscles. If untreated, this illness can cause death. Three is an antitoxin available, but it must be administered in a hospital.

This product with these codes was distributed in California, New York, Oregon, Washington, and in Canada. The product has been further distributed in Illinois and may have further distributed to other states.

The caviar is packed in a metal tin with Cyrillic lettering. The tin is green, with red and white writing. It has an “easy open” pull lid. The best before dates are stamped on the bottom of the tin.

This recall was expanded based on additional testing results from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Government officials found that this caviar with those best before dates had a lower than normal salt content, which can foster an anaerobic environment where this Clostridium botulinum bacteria grow. No Clostridium botulinum bacteria have been found the product to date.

If you purchased this AWERS Grained Salmon Caviar with those dates, ship it back to the firm or destroy it with permission from AWERS.

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