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Advisory:NJDHSS Issues Recall of Uneviscerated Smoked Sardines Distributed By C&K of Elmwood Park
Release Date: March 26, 2007

NJLINCS Health Alert Network
Public Health Advisory

Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

Subject: NJDHSS Issues Recall of Uneviscerated Smoked Sardines Distributed By C&K of Elmwood Park, NJ
Date: 3/26/2007; 15:20:42
Message #: 100423-3-26-2007-PHAD
Contact Inf Calliope C. Alexander, NJDHSS/CEHS/Food and Drug Safety Program
Phone: 609-588-3123; Email: calliope.alexander@doh.state.nj.us
Attachments: PICTURE_OFSmokedSardines02-23-07Label.doc; LIST_OBTAINED_FROM_THE_UNLICENSED_WHOLESALER_OF_CUSTOMERS.doc

Please review the following message and attachments from Calliope Alexander, Seafood and Shellfish Project Leader, Food and Drug Safety Program, DHSS, concerning the recall of Uneviscerated Smoked Sardines packaged and distributed by C&K of Elmwood Park, NJ due to the risk of Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium whose toxin can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

The first attachment is a picture of the uneviserated product for reference. The second attachment itemizes which towns and retail locations were delivered this questionable product.

The Local Health Officer of Elmwood Park, where this product originates, has overseen a voluntary detruction of the product by the unlicensed producer. C & K was found to be operating in a residential setting as an unlicensed, non-compliant food establishment.

The health departsments/municipalities that have vendors in the second attachment are asked to contact their vendor within their municipality to observe if they have product and to restrict its sale due to violations as administered and referenced in the state sanitary code:

1. Product originates from a location operating as an unlicensed wholesale establishment.
2. No legitimite processing observed at Elmwood park location.
3. Product is sold in an aerobic packaging/uneviscerated state - No control of C. Botulinum and Histamine levels
4. Legal reference - 21 CFR 123

IT IS EMPHASIZED THAT THIS IS TO BE CONSIDERED A PARTIAL LIST OF CUSTOMERS THEREFORE ALL HEALTH DEPARTMENT ARE REQUESTED TO BE ATTENTIVE IF THEY OBSERVE THIS PRODUCT.

Any questions, should be directed to Cali Alexander - NJDHSS Food and Drug Safety 609 588 3123

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OBTAINED FROM THE UNLICENSED WHOLESALER OF CUSTOMERS/Owner Names:

American Pinoy - Bayonne Hazel 201 436-7587

American Pinoy – Clifton Glenda – 973 478 8187

East West – Bellevillle Ave Bloomfield 973 748 0030

Betty Rona - 973 743 1900

Jolli Bee – Bergenfield 201 439 1242 Jacki Mel

Five Chris Catering – Nutely, N.J.

Phil Farms – Jersey City - 201 333 4402 Ben Celeste

SunriseHackensack – 201 487 8996 Ericson Jose

Phil American Foods – Queens, NY – 718 899-1797

Apholo Shippers & Sari Sari Store – 65-21B Roosevelt Avenue Woodside, NY

718 205 4294 866 494 5042 201 925 8542 ?

Asian Food Market 1 845 371 3472 - Pam Cherese







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