The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a smoked fish recall on Sept. 30. The Big Blue Fisheries has initiated a total recall of all smoked products processed and packaged by their plant due to possible contamination with clostridium botulinium. The company sold their products under Big Blue Fisheries and Sitka Alaska Smoked Fish brand names.
During a routine inspection – conducted by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) – it was discovered that some of their products were not properly cooked.
The affected products were distributed locally in Alaska, through internet sales via the website, http://alaskasmokedfish.com and wholesale nationwide.
The affected smoked fish products include all lots and codes, vacuum-packed in various sizes.
Consumers are warned not to use the following products even if it does not look or smell spoiled:
Pepper Smoked King Salmon
Hickory Smoked King Salmon
Teriyaki Smoked King Salmon
Hickory Smoked Black Cod
Smoked Coho Salmon Bellies, 1/2 – 1 lb.
Smoked King Salmon Bellies, packed between 9/24/11 – 9/24/13
Hickory Smoked Coho Salmon
Pepper Smoked Coho Salmon
Teriyaki Smoked Coho Salmon
Smoked Wild Silver (Coho) Salmon Filet, 1 – 2 ½ lbs.
Variety Smoked Pack, 1.5 lbs.
According to the FDA, “Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. 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.
No reported illnesses have been reported as a result of this food recall to date.
Consumers may contact Blue Fisheries, LLC. with any questions including product returns at (907) 966-9999 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Alaska time.
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