On July 20, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Euphoria Fancy Food Inc. of Brooklyn, New York is recalling Herring Special Salting due to a possible contamination with Clostridium botulinum spores. During a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of the product, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors confirmed that the fish had not been properly eviscerated prior to processing.
The affected product comes in an uncoded, 48.58oz (1300gr) plastic container and is a product of Russia. Herring Special Salting was sold in New York State.
Although no illnesses have been reported as a result of consuming Herring Special Salting, health officials warn that food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness. Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty in swallowing and respiratory paralysis.
Consumers who have Herring Special Salting are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-768-3400.