Certain St. Thomas brand bar clams may contain dangerous bacteria

Starting date:
March 15, 2013
Type of communication:
Recall
Alert sub-type:
Health Hazard Alert
Subcategory:
Microbiological - Clostridium botulinum
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
St-Thomas Fish Market Inc.
Distribution:
Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec
Extent of the product distribution:
Retail
CFIA reference number:
7891

Advisory details

Ottawa, March 15, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and St. Thomas Fish Market are warning the public not to consume the Bar Clams described below because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The manufacturer, St. Thomas Fish Market Inc., Saint-Thomas-De-Kent, New Brunswick, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace.

The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product UPC
St.Thomas Bar Clams sold in jars declaring a drained weight of 210 g (7.41 oz.) The affected jars also contain one of the following lot codes which is located on the cover of the jar: 03731, 03732, 03831, 03832, 03833, 03931, 03932, 05631, 05633, 05634. 0 81971 90013 1

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Media enquiries

St. Thomas Fish Market Inc.
Marie Leger
506-743-5965


CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600

For more information

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

St. Thomas Fish Market Inc., Marie Leger at 506-743-5965;

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

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.