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    Tuesday, 6 December 2016

    Phil Am Smoked Mackerel from Philippines is Potential Source of Botulism

    Officials in New York are warning the public to steer clear of Phil Am brand’s smoked mackerel. Called Hasa Hasa in Tagalog, the fish is a product of the Philippines. This particular batch was not eviscerated, and may contain spores causing botulism poisoning.
    A consumer alert from the New York’s Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball outlines all the identifying details of the product, including UPC number (814487015147). Packaged in a clear, vacuum package flexible plastic pouch, the mackerel can be found in the refrigerated section at Asian Supermarket Group Inc., a convenience store in Albany, NY. Since the time of posting, 1 December, no illness connected to the product has surfaced.

    Eviscerating fish is a form of processing in which the innards (organs and gastrointestinal tract) are removed. The consumer alert states that “Uneviscerated processed fish is prohibited under New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish.”

    Processed fish that have undergone evisceration are more likely to harbour harmful spores and should be avoided. Symptoms of botulism poisoning are blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis. 


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