Salted Smoked Herring Porky Products Inc. announced a recall of its Salted Smoked Herring (bloaters) products last May 2. The recall was done due to the possibility that the smoked fish product has been contaminated by bacteria.

The recalled Salted Smoked Herring (bloaters) is a product that is imported from Canada. It has also been found that the product is uneviscerated. Since the viscera of the fish can be home to a number of bacteria, including Clostridium botulinum, it is possible that the recalled product has been contaminated by the particular bacteria. The product, which were distributed from April 14 to April 28, were contained in boxes having a net weight of 18 lbs. Lot number for the recalled batch is 274 10.

Clostridium botulinum is a bacteria that can cause serious health risks. Common symptoms of food poisoning caused by the bacteria include general weakness, double vision, trouble with swallowing, dizziness and trouble with speaking. Other symptoms include a difficulty in breathing, abdominal distension, muscle weakness and constipation. In worst cases, this food poisoning (called Botulism) can lead to death.

The recalled product has been distributed in different markets in the states of New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Customers who have bought the product are advised to not eat it, even if it does not have any rotten look or smell. Instead, they are advised to return the recalled smoked herring product to the store for a refund. Customers who have any questions or concerns regarding the recall can call the company’s sales representative in the area.