Sleepy Creek Seafood of Chapel Hill is recalling its bottarga, or salt-dried fish eggs, because it was under processed and may contain the bacteria that causes botulism.
No illnesses have been reported to date, according to the company’s press release.
The press release stated, “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 bottarga was sold at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market and Southern Season in Chapel Hill between Dec. 6 and Jan. 16. The salt-dried mullet roe, produced by Sleepy Creek Seafood in collaboration with Sam Suchoff, was distributed in clear unlabeled vacuum packages of varying weights from a quarter pound to .83 pound.
Consumers who have purchased this bottarga product are urged to destroy the product and furnish proof of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact the company at 919-636-2005