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Botulism Fears Prompt Recall of Alaskan Smoked Salmon Products

Oct 1, 2013

An Alaskan company has issued a recall on all its smoked salmon products because they have the potential to cause botulism poisoning among those who eat them.

According to a recall statement from Big Blue Fisheries LLC, of Sitka, Alaska, the call back on the smoked salmon includes all the company's products distributed locally and nationally via wholesale. All products packed between Sept. 24, 2011, and Sept. 24, 2013, are included in the recall.

Testing conducted by Alaska's Dept. of Environmental Conservation revealed recently that the smoked salmon products leaving the company's processing facility may not have been properly cooked. This can result in contamination with the bacteria that causes botulism poisoning.

If people who eat food contaminated with this bacteria, it could lead to botulism poisoning. Based on our previous reports, the effects of botulism poisoning can be dangerous and life-threatening. Some symptoms of potential botulism poisoning can include weakness, dizziness, double-vision, trouble speaking and swallowing, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. These symptoms could lead to hospitalization.

Big Blue Fisheries says that no illnesses or consumer complaints have been reported as a result of potential contamination of the recalled products, the company release notes.

Products included in the recall were sold under the Big Blue Fisheries and Sitka Alaska Smoked Fish labels. In addition to local and national wholesale purchases, these smoked salmon products were also available online.

According to Big Blue Fisheries' recall statement, the following products included in this action were sold in half-pound or one-pound packages: Pepper Smoked King Salmon, Hickory Smoked King Salmon, Teriyaki Smoked King Salmon, Hickory Smoked Black Cod, Smoked Coho Salmon Bellies, Smoked King Salmon Bellies, Hickory Smoked Coho Salmon, Pepper Smoked Coho Salmon, and Teriyaki Smoked Coho Salmon.

Smoked Wild Silver (Coho) Salmon Filets sold in one-pound and 2.5-pound packages are also included in the recall, as are Variety Smoke Packs sold in 1.5-pound packs.

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