The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Roland Foods is recalling its red and black lumpfish caviar products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
The Red Lumpfish Caviar and Black Lumpfish Caviar, sold in glass jars, were distributed nationwide to retailers and foodservice distributors across the United States. The UPC code is located on the back of the label, under the bar code. A full product list is available online (see below).
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing found that the product experienced a processing issue.
Production and distribution of the product has been suspended as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the company continue their investigation. Consumers with questions can call 1-800-221-4030 ext. 222.