Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 26, 2011 00:19 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Vacuum-Packaged, Refrigerated, Ready-to-Eat Fish Products May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2011) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Mannarich Food Inc. are warning the public not to consume the vacuum-packed, refrigerated, ready-to-eat processed fish products described below because these products may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

All Best Before date codes up to and including December 16, 2011 of the following vacuum-packed, refrigerated, ready-to-eat processed fish products are affected by this alert.

The following fish products are sold under the Mannarich Food Inc. label:

Product Size UPC
Cuttlefish Balls 180 g 0 68636 02030 4
Fish Balls 180 g 0 68636 03040 2
Fried Fish Balls 160 g 0 68636 03050 1
Shrimp Flavoured Fish Balls 180 g 0 68636 02010 6
Fried Shrimp Flavoured Fish Balls 160 g 0 68636 02020 5
Fried Fish Slices 160 g 0 68636 03020 4
Fish Balls with Dace 180 g 0 68636 03010 5
Fish Ball with Tofu 170 g 0 68636 03340 3
Fried Fish Bar 160 g 0 68636 00510 3
Fried Shrimp Flavoured Fish Bar 160 g 0 68636 00520 2
Gourmet Cuttlefish Balls 240 g 0 68636 02031 1
Gourmet Shrimp Balls 240 g 0 68636 02021 2
Shrimp Stuffed Fish Balls 180 g 0 68636 01510 2
Stuffed Fish Balls (Hong Kong Style) 180 g 0 68636 03030 3
Fried Imitation Crab Stick 270 g 0 68636 03440 0
Japanese Fish Roll 270 g 0 68636 03410 3
Fish Tofu Cube 270 g 0 68636 03420 2
Lobster Flavour Fish Ball 270 g 0 68636 03430 1
Ball Combo 240 g 0 68636 05201 5

The following fish products are sold under the Ocean Chinese Food Products label:

Product Size UPC
Fried Fish Balls 240 g 6 77825 40116 1
Fried Fish Ball 160 g 6 77825 40016 4
Shrimp Ball 180 g 6 77825 40020 1
Fried Shrimp Ball 160 g 6 77825 40021 8
Fried Shrimp Flavoured Fish Balls 240 g 6 77825 40121 5
Fish Balls 270 g 6 77825 40115 4
Cuttlefish Balls 270 g 6 77825 40122 2
Cuttlefish Ball 180 g 6 77825 40022 5
Fried Fish Slice 160 g 6 77825 40017 1
Fat Choy Fish Ball 180 g 6 77825 40019 5
Fried Fish Bar 160 g 6 77825 40018 8
Fish Ball 180 g 6 77825 40015 7
Ball Combo 270 g 6 77825 40130 7

These products have been distributed nationally.

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, Mannarich Food Inc., Markham, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can:

contact Mannarich Food Inc. by email at info@mannarich.com;

or 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.

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