The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets has alerted consumers to a nationwide recall of Freshness Choice brand Steam Mackerel due to the risk that the fish may be contaminated with spores of Clostridium botulinum.
The recall was initiated after State inspectors discovered that the fish was not eviscerated before processing. Sale of uneviscerated, processed fish is not permitted in New York State, due to the possibility that spores of Clostridium botulinum may be present in the viscera.
The recalled Steam Mackerel, which is packed in 8-ounce plastic bags that are not labeled with any code or date, was imported from Vietnam and distributed nationwide in the United States.
The following importers have issued recall notices:
Under favorable growth conditions, Clostridium botulinum produces a powerful neurotoxin that can cause severe paralysis - even death. The microbe grows without altering the appearance, smell or taste of the food. DO NOT taste the fish to determine whether or not it is "OK". Consumers who purchased this fish should return it to the store for a refund.