Just recently, two recalls have been announced due to concerns of botulism contamination. Boiled Horse Mackerel has been recalled by New York City’s Bao Ding Seafood, due to the possibility that it may be tainted with clostridium botulinum. Even if the mackerel smells and looks fine, consumers are being warned not to use this product and to return it to the location where it was purchased.
During a routine inspection performed by the New York State Dept of Agriculture and Markets food inspector, it was confirmed that the fish used in the product had not been eviscerated before processing. According to FDA reports, the product was sold in New York State in 45 oz vacuum sealed plastic bags, and anyone experiencing symptoms of botulism should seek medical attention immediately. These symptoms include dizziness, trouble swallowing or speaking, double vision, constipation, muscle weakness and difficulty breathing.
So far, no illnesses have been linked with the recalled mackerel.
In another recall of foods distributed in New York, baby food is the issue. Nine products under the HAPPYTOT and HAPPYBABY labels have been recalled by Nurture, Inc. After a complaint from a consumer regarding swollen baby food packaging pouches, the Food and Drug Administration contacted the company and recommended that consumers not use any varieties of HAPPYTOT Stage 4. HAPPYBABY Stage 1 and Stage 2 baby foods were also affected.
Swollen or leaking packages may indicate that bacteria exists in the product. So far, no illnesses have been reported and the FDA is conducting tests to determine whether or not the botulism bacteria is present in these products. Any products that may be contaminated should be discarded in an area where pets or children are not able to gain access to them.
Botulism can have serious and even fatal consequences if you don’t receive fast and proper Botulism treatment. Those having eaten any of these products or experiencing symptoms should contact their doctor immediately. The botulism infection can lead to an inability to breathe, which is the number one cause of death from this illness. Certain individuals such as young children, older individuals, and those with compromised immune systems should be particularly cautious.
New York food poisoning attorneys know how serious foodborne illnesses can be, and advise individuals to take necessary precautions to prevent contracting or spreading these illnesses.