A kind of pre-packed frozen smoked trout, possibly contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, from Britain

Issue Date 16.9.2014
Source of Information

The European Commission

Food Product

Smoked trout

Product Name and Description

Product name: Inverawe Smoked Trout
Place of origin: Britain
Weight: 100 grams
Use-by date: Between May 30 and September 1, 2014 (instructions on the product labelling allow for storage of up to three months)

Reason For Issuing Alert

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that the packaging defects of the above-mentioned smoked trout may allow Clostridium botulinum to grow and cause food poisoning. Although no trace of Clostridium botulinum has been found in the affected product and the use-by date of the product concerned has passed, the British manufacturer has initiated a precautionary recall. A small amount of the affected product has been imported to Hong Kong.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has contacted the importer concerned in Hong Kong, City Super Limited, and learnt that the affected product was sold out.

The CFS will alert the trade of the incident to ensure that the affected product will not enter the local market.

The CFS will continue to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate follow-up actions.

Advice to the Trade

The trade should stop selling the affected batch of the smoked trout and notify the CFS.

Advice to Consumers

Consumers should not consume the affected batch of the smoked trout that are still in their possession. Medical advice should be sought if they feel sick after consuming the product concerned.

For enquiries about the recall, consumers may call the hotline of the importer concerned in Hong Kong, City Super Limited, (2736 3866) during office hours.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department