A brand of surf clams from the Moncton Fish Market Ltd. has been recalled because the product could cause botulism.
In a food recall warning, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the brand, “La” Stimpson’s Surf Clams. may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum.
The bottles are sold unrefrigerated from the Moncton Fish Market, located on George Street in Moncton.
People are asked to check their homes for the recalled product and throw it out or return it to the market.
“Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick,” the warning says.
The inspection agency said no one has become ill from eating the product.
But anyone who may have gotten sick after eating the product is asked to call their doctor.
“Symptoms in adults can include facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, unreactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking, including slurred speech, and a change in sound of voice, including hoarseness,” the warning said.
Children may have difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, generalized weakness and paralysis.
According to the World Health Organization, Clostridium botulinum “is an anaerobic bacterium, meaning it can only grow in the absence of oxygen. Foodborne botulism occurs when C. botulinum grows and produces toxins in food prior to consumption.” WHO called this rare.