Georgia Commissioner Tommy Irvin alerts consumers to the recall of Dried Fish Vobla Gutted, which could be contaminated with spores that cause Botulism because the fish were not properly eviscerated before processing.
Clostridium botulinum spores, which cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food borne illness, are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other part of the fish.
Symptoms of botulism include blurred vision, general weakness and poor reflexes, difficulty in swallowing and respiratory paralysis.
The recalled dried fish Vobla gutted comes in a plastic, vacuum-packed bag with the following code: Production date: 21.06.2010, lot # 280610140 and is a product of Germany. This product was sold nationwide by S&S Food Inc., 1560 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11203.
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors found the problem during a routine inspection with analysis by Food Laboratory personnel.
Anyone who has the affected fish should not eat it and should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (718) 677-6888.