Little Mermaid Herring Recall [US]

US/Silver Spring: Little Mermaid Smoke House recalls some Smoked Herring, Pickled Herring due to Botulism hazard. FDA:

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Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports some Little Mermaid Smoke House Smoked Herring and Pickled Herring Fish were sold uneviscerated. Consequently, they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause life-threatening illness or death. The sale of uneviscerated fish is prohibited under US law because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish.

About Botulism:
The US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) 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, however, 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.

To learn more about Botulism, please visit the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”):

Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1824
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