Foremost Foods, International, Inc. of Pomona, CA, is issuing a voluntary recall on certain Pangasinan brand smoked seafood products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. The products were manufactured by FITRITE Incorporated of the Philippines.
Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
These products were distributed in the States of California, Nevada, and Washington through Seafood City and Manila Seafood retail stores. This recall involves products sold between March, 2010 and October, 2011. The products are sold in a clear vacuum packed plastic package and marked with the specific descriptions listed below:
UPC Description and Pack Size for the recalled items is as follows:
- 2239257451 PANGASINAN Roundscad Smoked Galunggong 60 6 OZ
- 2239257470 PANGASINAN Mackerel Smoked Hasa Hasa 60 6 OZ
The recall was initiated after the FDA sampled the product and found it to be partially uneviscerated and may have the potential to cause Botulism.
There have been no illnesses reported to date.