Possible Botulism Contamination At Brighton Bazaar

The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets has issued a Food Safety Alert, warning consumers not to eat “Salted Holland Herring” from Brighton Bazaar as it may be contaminated by Botulism.

Food inspectors discovered that Brighton Beach Bazaar, at 1007 Brighton Beach Avenue, was selling uneviscerated herring.

It is the second such warning for the establishment in less than a year. The agency put a similar alert out in January, after Brighton Bazaar sold uneviscerated “Treknas Atlantic Herring” to consumers.

The viscera are the internal organs of the chest or abdomen. Processed fish that has not had the viscera removed are prohibited by the state because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated there than any other portion of the fish, and it has been linked to outbreaks of Botulism poisoning.

Symptoms of Botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The “Salted Holland Herring” was offered for sale by Brighton Bazaar as a bulk item in the seafood cooler. The product is uncoded and is a product of Russia.