RECALL: Uneviscerated Fish Recalled Amid Poisoning Concerns

In our last post we discussed product recalls linked to salmonella and listeria contamination. Although these are the most common types of food recall causes, other forms of bacteria can also result in tainted consumer products and product liability litigation.

One company is recalling salted fish which was found to be uneviscerated. In the U.S., most fish are eviscerated before being sold. This means that the entrails of the fish are removed and the fish are washed before sale. This is done because the viscera, or guts, of the fish are more likely to contain Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that can cause botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning.

“Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing,” the FDA recall notice states. “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.”

The uneviscerated fish most recently found was imported from Russia by ZIP International Group LLC. The fish is called Dry Salted Fish (break) carries the bar code 835856001228.

Consumers are encouraged to throw out the tainted product or return it to the store for a refund.