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Health Hazard Alert - Various surimi-based products may contain dangerous bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
August 15, 2011
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Clostridium botulinum
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Ocean Food Company Ltd.
Distribution:
Ontario, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
6565

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 15, 2011 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Ocean Food Company Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the surimi-based products below, because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by this bacterium may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The following products, bearing Best Before dates up to and including October 18, 2011 (11OC18) are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC
Ocean Food Combo A - Deep Fried Fish Cake Vegetable Tempura + Deep Fried Crab Flavoured Fish Ball  450 g 0 56062 00025 0
Ocean Food Combo B - Deep Fried Fish Stick + Deep Fried Fish Ball 450 g 0 56062 00026 7
Ocean Food Combo C - Boiled Fish Ball + Deep Fried Fish Ball 450 g 0 56062 00027 4
Ocean Food Crab Flavoured Deep Fried Fish Cakes 170 g 0 56062 00035 9
Ocean Food Fish Ball - Deep Fried Fish Cakes 170 g 0 56062 00005 2
Ocean Food Fish Ball - Deep Fried Fish Ball 2.27 kg None
Ocean Food Gobomaki - Deep Fried Fish Cakes 170 g 0 56062 00009 0
Ocean Food Hot Finger - Deep Fried Fish Cake 2.27 kg None
Ocean Food Hot Mini Chikuwa - Broiled Fish Cake 2.27 kg None
Ocean Food Hot Satsuma - Deep Fried Fish Cake 2.27 kg None
Ocean Food Ika Ten - Squid Tempura Deep Fried Fish Cake 2.27 kg None
Ocean Food Kamaboko - Fish Cake (brown) 170 g 0 56062 00042 7
Ocean Food Kamaboko - Fish Cake (rainbow) 170 g 0 56062 00001 4
Ocean Food Kamaboko - Fish Cake (red) 170 g 0 56062 00043 4
Ocean Food Kani Ball - Crab Flavoured Deep Fried Fish Ball 2.27 kg None
Ocean Food Kobushi - Deep Fried Fish Cake 2.27 kg None
Ocean Food Krabdeli Burger - Crab Flavoured Deep Fried Fish Cake 450 g 0 56062 00211 7
Ocean Food Krabdeli Finger - Crab Flavoured Deep Fried Fish Cake 225 g 0 56062 00201 8
Ocean Food Mini Chikuwa - Broiled Fish Cake 2.27 kg None
Ocean Food Naruto Maki - Fish Cake 170 g 0 56062 00010 6
Ocean Food Oceanbits - Boiled Fish Balls 170 g 0 56062 00016 8
Ocean Food Oceanbits - Boiled Squid Blended Fish Balls 170 g 0 56062 00019 9
Ocean Food Oceanbits - Crab Flavoured Boiled Fish Balls 170 g 0 56062 00020 5
Ocean Food Oceanbits - Fried Fish Balls 170 g 0 56062 00017 5
Ocean Food Oden - Fish Cake 300 g 0 56062 00045 8
Ocean Food Satsuma - Deep Fried Fish Cakes 170 g 0 56062 00004 5
Ocean Food Satsuma - Deep Fried Fish Cakes 2.27 kg None
Ocean Food Squid Tempura - Deep Fried Fish Cakes 170 g 0 56062 00034 2
Ocean Food Sushi Ten-A - Fried Fish Cake 450 g 0 56062 00036 6
Ocean Food Sushi Ten-B - Fried Fish Cake 450 g 0 56062 00037 3
Ocean Food Tempura - Deep Fried Fish Cakes 170 g 0 56062 00003 8
Ocean-Deli Imitation Crabmeat, Leg Style 340 g 0 56062 08124 2
Sea-Deli Imitation Crabmeat, Flake Style 300 g 0 56062 08143 3
Sea-Deli Imitation Crabmeat, Flake Style 908 g 0 56062 08157 0
Sea-Deli Imitation Crabmeat, Leg Style 300 g 0 56062 08142 6
Sea-Deli Imitation Crabmeat, Leg Style 908 g 0 56062 08156 3
Sea-Deli Imitation Lobster Meat, Flake Style 300 g 0 56062 08149 5
Sushi-Deli Imitation Crabmeat 450 g 0 56062 08112 9

The following product, bearing a Best Before date up to and including August 29, 2011 (11AU29) is also affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC
Ocean Food Chikuwa - Fish Cake 125 g 0 56062 00002 1

These products have been distributed in Ontario and Quebec.

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

The manufacturer, Ocean Food Company Ltd., Toronto, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

More information

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

James Fernando, Quality Assurance Supervisor, Ocean Food Company Limited, at 416-285-6487; or,

CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

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Media enquiries

James Fernando
Quality Assurance Supervisor
Ocean Food Company Ltd.
416-285-6487
qc@oceanfood.ca

CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600

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