Foremost Foods, International has issued a recall on certain Pangasinan brand smoked seafood products, as they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum (“Botulism”), a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. The products were manufactured by FITRITE Incorporated of the Philippines.
Botulism is as bad as its name. It is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning. Botulism can cause many different symptoms, including general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and/or constipation. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
The affected Pangasinan brand smoked seafood products were distributed in the States of California, Nevada, and Washington through Seafood City and Manila Seafood retail stores. This recall involves products sold between March, 2010 and October, 2011. The products are sold in a clear vacuum packed plastic package and marked with the specific descriptions:
- UPC Code: 2239257451 PANGASINAN Roundscad Smoked Galunggong 60 6 oz
- UPC Code: 2239257470 PANGASINAN Mackerel Smoked Hasa Hasa 60 6 oz
The recall was initiated after the FDA sampled the product and found it to be partially uneviscerated. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. I think that, ah, anyone that learns of this recall will comply.