Georgia Department of Agriculture

Imported Gourmet Family product recalled for possible botulinum contamination

Friday, March 4, 2011

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black alerts consumers to the recall of a Japanese import, produced in America, that may be contaminated with botulinum.

Daiei Trading Co., Inc., College Point, N.Y., is recalling Gourmet Family Brand Large Mouth Smelt Komochi Shishamo. Consumers are warned not to use the product because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause weakness, dizziness, double-vision, trouble with speaking or swallowing and difficulty in breathing. Those who have consumed this product and have experienced these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Gourmet Family Brand Large Mouth Smelt Komochi Shishamo is packaged in a vacuum-sealed, uncoded Styrofoam tray. Eight pieces are packed in one container with a net weight of 3.5 ounces (100g). The product is imported from Japan and sold in retail outlets in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland

Consumers who have purchased this product should return it to place of purchase for a full refund. Those with questions should call Hiraoka Daiei at (718) 539-8100.


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