AWERS, Inc. of Bellevue, Washington, is recalling Grained Salmon Caviar 95g because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium Botulinum, a bacterium which can cause illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. Botulism is considered a potentially fatal form of food poisoning.
The caviar was distributed in California, New York, Oregon and Washington, but may have been made available in other states and Canada. No illnesses have been reported to date.
The product was reviewed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and sent to a lab for testing. The analysis showed a lower than normal salt content, which can foster an anaerobic environment which is necessary to breed the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. No Clostridium botulinum bacteria was detected in product.
This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.