Masstown Market smoked fish recalled due to toxin fears

Published on
April 3, 2018

Nova Scotia, Canada-based Masstown Market is recalling some of its Smoked Kippers and Cold Smoked Salmon from shelves out of fears that the products may allow the growth of dangerous bacteria.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced the recall on 29 March after it was discovered that two of Masstown Market’s products may permit the growth of Clostirium botulinum, commonly known as foodborne botulism. The recall came as a result of the CFIA’s inspection activities, according to a release.

The two products have been distributed to Nova Scotia. The recalled smoked kippers have code 18.MR.30 and the UPC starts with 0 208172. Possible codes for the cold smoked salmon include 18.MR.27, 18.AL.07 and 18.AL.11, with the UPC beginning with 0 208035.

The CFIA cautions consumers that the contaminated food may not look or smell spoiled in any way, but could still make anyone who consumes it sick.

“Symptoms in adults can include facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, unreactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking or including slurred speech, and a change in sound of voice, including hoarseness,” according to the organization. In severe cases, botulism can cause death.

Any recalled product should either be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.

No illnesses from eating Masstown Market products have been reported to the CFIA. The CFIA cautions anyone who has eaten either the kippers or salmon to call a doctor if they suspect they could be ill from the products. 

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