Everlasting Distributors, in conjunction with the FDA, is recalling Blue Ocean Smoked Mackerel because it may be contaminated with the bacterium that causes botulism. Botulism is a rare, but very serious food-borne illness that can cause paralysis and even death.
Blue Ocean Smoked Mackerel was distributed in New York and New Jersey areas and it reached consumers through retail stores. Blue Ocean Smoked Mackerel comes in an uncoded white styropor foam tray and vacuum packed with a clear plastic bag.
The problem was found by NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets after routine testing. The product was found to have a potential for contamination, but so far no illnesses have been reported to the company or the FDA.
The FDA is warning consumers to not eat the mackerel even if it does not look or smell spoiled or contaminated.
Symptoms of botulism include dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, blurred vision, slurred speech, drooping eyelids, and muscle weakness all down the body.
For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.