Central-Epicure Gefilte Fish Recall [Canada]

Canada/Ottawa: Central-Epicure Food Products recalls some Gefilte Fish due to Botulism hazard. CFIA: http://ht.ly/jAPJm

Direct link: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/inspection/2013/26461r-eng.php

Additional information:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) reports the following Gefilte Fish products are subject to this recall:

  • Central-Epicure – Gefilte Fish – UPC: 0 61279 00440 3
  • Central-Epicure – Gefilte Fish – UPC: 0 61279 00442 7

About Botulism:
Health Canada says Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve poison that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum). Foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulism toxin. You can also get Botulism from an infected wound. All forms of Botulism can cause paralysis and be fatal so emergency medical attention is necessary.

Clostridium botulinum bacteria cannot grow in air, so Foodborne Botulism is usually seen only when certain foods are stored or prepared improperly. These typically include the following:

  • Improperly prepared low-acid, home-canned foods (such as asparagus, beets, green beans, mushrooms, peppers);
  • Improperly smoked fish;
  • Improperly prepared raw marine mammal meat (such as whale, walrus, seal);
  • Non-refrigerated storage of low-acid fruit juices (such as carrot juice); and
  • Baked potatoes improperly stored in aluminum foil.

You can learn more about Botulism poisoning from Health Canada at http://ht.ly/iVQeN 

Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1791
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