Certain Central-Epicure brand Gefilte Fish, Ready to Serve may contain Dangerous Bacteria

Starting date:
March 29, 2013
Type of communication:
Alert sub-type:
Health Hazard Alert
Microbiological - Clostridium botulinum
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd.
Ontario, Quebec
CFIA reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, March 29, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Central-Epicure brand Gefilte Fish, Ready to Serve, Sweet and Savoury, 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 this product.

The manufacturer, Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product UPC
Central-Epicure Gefilte Fish, Ready to serve, Sweet 600 g Best Before - Up to and including 13AL09 (April 09, 2013) 0 61279 00440 3
Central-Epicure Gefilte Fish, Ready to serve, Savoury 600 g Best Before - Up to and including 13AL09 (April 09, 2013) 0 61279 00442 7


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For more information

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Central- Epicure Food Products Ltd. at foodsafety@centralepicure.com; or

CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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.