Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 12, 2011 21:32 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Bos Brand Refrigerated Vacuum Packed Smoked Fish Products Without Best Before Dates May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2011) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Bos Smoked Fish Inc. are warning the public not to consume certain Bos brand refrigerated vacuum packed smoked fish products without Best Before dates, described below, because the products may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by this bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

All Bos brand smoked vacuum packed fish products, sold refrigerated in various weight packages without a Best Before Date, are affected by the alert. This includes all species and flavours of the Bos brand smoked vacuum packed fish products with "Keep Refrigerated" on the package.

These products have been distributed in Ontario.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

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 manufacturer, Bos Smoked Fish Inc., Woodstock, 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 one of the following numbers:

Bos Smoked Fish Inc. at (519) 537-5000;

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:

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: Food and consumer product recalls are also available at

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