Uneviscerated Processed Fish Snack May Contain Botulism

S&S Food Import recalled all packages of Uneviscerated Dried Roach (Vobla) (Vobla is a common Russian meal or snack). The Uneviscerated Dried Roach (Vobla) was sampled by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors during a routine sanitary inspection. Subsequent analysis of the product by New York State food laboratory personnel confirmed that the fish had not been properly eviscerated prior to processing. This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores with can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness.


The sale of uneviscerated processed fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning. Symptoms of botulism poisoning include blurred or double vision, general weakness, and poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.


The Uneviscerated Dried Roach (Vobla) was distributed nationwide, in 5 kg boxes. The boxes are labeled with the following package code “Best Before 06.05.2015.”


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See also Medical Law Perspectives, July 2012 Report: Foodborne Illness: When Grabbing a Bite Can Be Deadly