Big Blue Fisheries is recalling two years worth of smoked products sold in vacuum packages because they may not have been properly cooked and have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.
Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. Because the products may not have been fully processed, product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens could lead to illness if consumed.
Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
Big Blue Fisheries issued the recall after Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation conducted a routine inspection and discovered that some of their products may not have been properly cooked. To date, there have been no reported illnesses or consumer complaints.
The firm’s products sold under Big Blue Fisheries brand and Sitka Alaska Smoked Fish were distributed in Sitka, Alaska and through wholesalers nationwide between Sept. 24, 2011, and Sept. 24, of this year.
Products were also sold from internet through the website: http://alaskasmokedfish.com.
Consumers who mayh have purchased affected Big Blue Fisheries smoked salmon products should discard or return them to the place of purchase.
Consumers with questions about the recall, including product returns, should contact Big Blue Fisheries, LLC between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Alaska time Monday through Friday at (907) 966-9999.