December 9, 2016

Phil-Am Trading Recalls Smoked Mackerel for Botulism Risk

One day after the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets issued a consumer warning about Phil Am Smoked Mackerel, the company has voluntarily recalled the product. The product is uneviscerated. The viscera in fish can contain Clostridium botulinum spores that can cause serious illness and death. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Phil-am Smoked Mackerel (Hasa-Hasa) in a 200 gram (7.05 ounce) pack. It is packaged in a clear flexible plastic pouch and has a predominantly red tag on the top seal with the product information. The UPC code is 814487015147. It was distributed to stores in New Jersey, New York, Georgia, and Pennsylvania between February and November 2016. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed … [Read more...]

Phil Am Smoked Mackerel Recalled for Botulism Risk

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is warning consumers not to eat "Phil Am" brand Smoked Mackerel (Hasa Hasa) because it was uneviscerated. The viscera in fish can harbor Clostridium both;inure spores. The product is sold by Asian Supermarket Group Inc. at 1245 Central Avenue in Albany, New York. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The "Phil Am" brand Smoked Mackerel is packaged in a clear, vacuum package flexible plastic pouch and offered for sale in refrigerated cases. The product is uncoded and is from the Philippines. The package does have a UPC number 814487015147. It is not legal to sell uneviscerated fish in New York. Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce a toxin that can be fatal at very … [Read more...]

Recall of Hinty’s Soups in Canada for Botulism Expanded

The recall of Hinty's Bean Soup and Pumpkin Chili on November 9, 2016 in Canada has been expanded to include another product. Those soups are being recalled for possible Clostridium botulinum contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The original recall was for Black Bean and Yam Chili. The newly recalled products have no brand name and no UPC Number. All units sold up to and including November 11, 2016 are recalled. They are Bean Soup in about 500 ml jars, Bean Soup in about 1 liter jars, Spicy Pumpkin Chili in 500 ml jars, and Spicy Pumpkin Chili in about 1 liter jars. They were sold in Ontario at the retail level. This recall was triggered by test results. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Throw … [Read more...]

Hinty’s Chili Recalled in Canada for Possible Botulism

Hinty's Chili in Ontario, Canada is recalling their Black Bean and Yam Chili because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. A tiny amount of the botulinum toxin can cause illness and death. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are Black Bean and Yam Chili in two sizes. The first, approximately 500 ml jars, has no UPC number and the recall includes all units sold up to and including November 2, 2016. The second is 1 liter size. There is no UPC number on that product either. All units sold up to and including November 2, 2016 are recalled. If you purchased these items, do not eat them. Do not even taste them. Throw them away in a sealed or double bagged package or secure garbage container, or … [Read more...]

Recall of Imperial Salmon Roe for Botulism Updated

Imperial Caviar & Seafood is updating their recall of Salmon Roe in Canada for potential Clostridium botulinum contamination to include more information. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Imperial Caviar & Seafood brand Salmon Roe in 50 gram packages. The UPC number is 1 86866 00010 8 and the codes on the product are BB/MA: 23-AUG-2017 LOT: 23616-03. It was sold in Quebec at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. A tiny amount of botulism toxin can cause serious illness and death. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

FDA Investigates Island Soup Company

The FDA is advising consumers to throw away any soup products from the New York firm Island Soups Company with best before dates between July 2015 and June 2018 because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. That bacteria produces a toxin that can be deadly even in very small amounts. The company issued a recall for six soup varieties of their products on September 7, 2016. But in the notice from the FDA, they state that "FDA's safety concerns extend to all low-acid canned food products with best before dates between July 2015 and June 2018." FDA officials inspected Island Soups Company on June 22, 2016 and found that the facility "does not meet mandatory safety requirements for thermally processed low-acid canned food (LACF) products under the Federal … [Read more...]

Salmon Roe Recalled in Canada for Possible Botulism

Imperial Caviar & Seafood and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are recalling Salmon Roe because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. This bacteria produces a toxin that can be deadly in very small quantities. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled product is Imperial Caviar & Seafood brand Salmon Roe in three sizes. The 50 gram size has a UPC number of 1 86866 90024 8 and codes BB/MA 23-AUG-2017 LOT: 23616-03. Another 50 gram size has a UPC number of 1 86866 90024 8 and codes BB/MA 23-AUG-2017 LOT: 23616-04. The 100 gram size has a UPC number of 1 86866 90023 1 and codes 12-FEB-17 04116-02. They were sold in Quebec at the retail level. If you purchased these products, do not eat them, even … [Read more...]

6 Island Soups Brand Varieties Recalled for Possible Clostridum Botulinum Contamination

The FDA has just announced that Island Soups Company, Inc., headquartered in Saint Albans, NY, has issued a recall of six varieties of canned soup. This recall stems from the possibility that these products may have been contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that causes botulism – a potentially deadly type of food poisoning. The recalled products, distributed through internet website purchases, are packaged in 16-ounce glass jars with white lids and white plastic safety seals with brown lettering; they are all coded with “BEST BEFORE” dates ranging from July 2015 through June 2018. The affected varieties are: Gungo Peas Soup, Net Wt. 16 OZ Gungo Peas Soup No Meat, Net Wt. 16 OZ Red Peas Soup, Net Wt. 16 OZ Red Peas Soup No Meat, Net Wt. 16 OZ Mannish … [Read more...]

H. Van Wijnen Smoked Salmon Recalled for Possible Botulism

A & E Distribution is recalling H. Van Wijnen brand Smoked Atlantic Salmon Filet in Canada because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria if sold refrigerated. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. It was sold in New Brunswick, Quebec, and possibly nationally at the retail level. This is an update of the Fjord Laks fish products recall earlier this month. The recalled product is H. Van Wijnen brand Smoked Atlantic Salmon Filet Royal in 170 gram packages. All "best before" dates up to and including July 29, 2016 are recalled. The UPC numbers on the product are variable. Food contaminated with the botulism toxin will not look, smell, or taste different from food that is safe to eat. The symptoms of botulism … [Read more...]

Food Poisoning Flashback: Deadly Botulism Outbreak at Church Potluck

Last summer, a deadly botulism outbreak was linked to a potluck meal at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Ohio. Twenty nine people were sickened, two people died. Previously, one fatality had been reported in connection with the largest botulism outbreak to strike the U.S. in 40 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of those sickened described onset of symptoms two days after attending the potluck. Home-canned potatoes in potato salad were the likely source of the outbreak, health officials concluded. Botulism is caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which is found in soil and dust. Symptoms include: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle … [Read more...]

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