Dried Fish Recalled for Botulism Risk

Dried fish is being recalled for the risk it could cause botulism food poisoning among those who eat it.

S&S Food Inc., a Brooklyn, N.Y., firm, announced the recall of Vobla dried fish on Tuesday. The fish was not properly eviscerated before processing, the company announced.

Because of the improper processing, the fish may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores that can cause botulism, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The recall includes dried fish Vobla gutted. It is a product of Germany and comes in a coded, plastic vacuum-packed bag with a production code of 21.06.2010, lot # 280610140. The fish was sold nationwide.

As a Seattle foodborne illness attorney, I advise throwing the product away if you have it, or returning it to the store of purchase for a full refund. The sale of un-eviscerated fish is illegal because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera (the internal organs of the fish) than any other part, creating a higher risk for botulism food poisoning.

Botulism is a rare, serious foodborne illness that can cause paralysis of the muscles. Common symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness.