Washington Company Recalls Canned Seafood

Canned seafood is being recalled in Washington state to address possible botulism contamination, according to news reports.

Quinault Tribal Enterprise of Taholah, Wash., is recalling all of its canned seafood, from salmon to tuna to clams, which were not processed under correct federal guidelines. Because the seafood products are low-acidity, specific canning measures are needed to prevent the bacterial growth leading to botulism.

Included in the recall is:

“Quinault’s canned smoked and nonsmoked salmon, smoked and nonsmoked tuna, smoked sturgeon, minced razor clams, smoked razor clams and smoked steelhead. The company, which also sells fresh fish, mainly sells to seafood stores in Washington state. But the suspect fish could have been distributed nationwide,” according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration website.

The food was sold in 5 oz., 6 oz., 6.5 oz. and 7 oz. size metal cans with a Quinault Pride or Quinault Tribal Enterprises label, according to news reports.

As a Seattle foodborne illness attorney, I urge anyone with this recalled food to throw it out or return it to the store for a full refund. Botulism toxin can causes life-threatening paralysis, which typically starts with the face and then spreads to other areas in the body.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled product, contact a personal injury lawyer in Seattle.