Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 11, 2011 00:27 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Bos Brand Herring Fillets May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2011) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Bos Fish are warning the public not to consume certain Bos brand Herring Fillets described below because the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by this bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The affected product, Bos brand "Naturally Smoked Herring Fillets - Natural", was sold refrigerated in various weight packages from Ramaker's Imports, St. Catharines, ON without a Best Before Date applied to the package. The affected product was sold by Ramaker's Imports from September 2011 to December 7, 2011.

Consumers who have purchased refrigerated Bos brand "Naturally Smoked Herring Fillets - Natural" from any other retailer without a Best Before Date on the package are also advised not to consume the product.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with the toxin may cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, headache, double vision, dry throat, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

The retailer, Ramaker's Imports, St. Catharines, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Clostridium botulinum, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/botulisme.shtml

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

A Photo of the product is available at the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/herring1211.pdf

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600