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Health Hazard Alert - Certain smoked fish sold at Hooked stores in Toronto may contain dangerous bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
April 13, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Clostridium botulinum
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Hooked Inc.
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, April 13, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the smoked fish products 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 these products.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Code(s) on Product
N/A Cold Smoked Steelhead (may also be written as Cold Smoked Salmon or Cold Smoked Sockeye) A25 (may also be written as A-25; 04 25;
04/25; Apr 25; Apr 25, 2013; Apr 25/2013)
N/A Cold Smoked Steelhead (may also be written as Cold Smoked Salmon or Cold Smoked Sockeye) A31 (may also be written as A-31; 04 31;
04/31; Apr 31; Apr 31, 2013; Apr 31/2013)

More information

These products have no label or UPC code. The product name is handwritten on the package.

These products have been sold from Hooked stores at:

  • 888 Queen Street East, Toronto, and
  • 206 Baldwin Street, Toronto.

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.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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