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Botulism risk prompts recall of Little Mermaid herring

April 06, 2013|By Monte Morin
  • Little Mermaid Smoke House is recalling its Smoked Herring and Pickled Herring products because the viscera of the fish were not removed and the products pose a risk of contamination by Clostridium botulinum, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Little Mermaid Smoke House is recalling its Smoked Herring and Pickled… (FDA )

Little Mermaid Smoke House is recalling its Smoked Herring and Pickled Herring because the viscera of the fish were not removed and the products now pose a risk of contamination by Clostridium botulinum, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Botulism bacteria can cause life-threatening illness and consumers are warned not to eat the products even if they don't look or smell spoiled.

The recalled products are manufactured by Little Mermaid Smoke House and were distributed in California. The products are sold as whole fish, packaged in vacuum-sealed packaging, and labeled “Little Mermaid Smoke House.”  There are no codes listed on the products. The recall includes products sold before April 3.

Botulism causes the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble speaking or swallowing. Infected individuals may also experience difficulty breathing, abdominal distension and constipation, according to the FDA. 

People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

No illnesses had been reported.

The sale of uneviscerated fish is prohibited because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other part of the fish.

Consumers who have purchased the fish are advised not to eat it and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or discard it. Consumers with questions can contact the company, Little Mermaid Smoke House, at (818) 764-0005, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific time, Monday-Friday.

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