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Salmon roe recalled nationwide in Canada; botulism possible

Saturday, October 22, 2016 22:30
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Imperial Caviar & Seafood has expanded its recall of salmon roe for the second time, urging consumers to not eat the salmon eggs because of concerns about botulism poisoning.

The Fairfield, NJ-based company recalled some salmon roe Sept. 15 that had been distributed to retailers in Quebec. The next day the company expanded the recall to include certain lots of its Imperial Caviar & Seafood branded salmon roe that had been distributed nationwide in Canada.

Now the company has added another batch of 50-gram containers of the salmon eggs, distributed in Quebec, to the recall. No illnesses had been confirmed in relation to the recalled salmon roe as of Friday, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

“Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased,” according to the recall notice on the CFIA website.

“Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.”

In foodborne botulism, symptoms generally begin 18 to 36 hours after eating a contaminated food, but they can occur as soon as six hours or as long as 10 days after exposure.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled salmon eggs and developed symptoms of botulism poisoning should immediately seek medical attention and inform their doctors about the possible exposure.

Consumers can identify the recalled Imperial Caviar & Seafood brand salmon roe in the following sized containers with the specified label codes:

  • 50 grams
    BB/MA: 23-AUG-2017
    LOT: 23616-03
    1 86866 00010 8
  • 50 grams
    BB/MA 23-AUG-2017
    LOT: 23616-03
    1 86866 90024 8
  • 50 grams
    BB/MA 23-AUG-2017
    LOT: 23616-04
    1 86866 90024 8
  • 100 grams

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