People are sick from histamine in blue marlin in Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says La Poissonnerie Cowie Inc. is recalling Blue Marlin and Vegetables Skewers packed by La Poissonnerie Cowie Inc. from the marketplace due to elevated levels of histamine.

blue.marlin.cdn.aug.16Consumers should not consume and distributors, retailers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes should not sell or use the recalled products described below.

Please note that the individual 180 g blue marlin and vegetables skewers were also sold at retail fresh, marinated, unlabelled, and in bulk without the original packaging. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected blue marlin and vegetables skewers are advised to contact their retailer.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name       Size     Code(s) on Product UPC

None – Packed by La Poissonnerie CowieInc.    Blue Marlin and Vegetables Skewers       180g    All units sold up to and including August 2, 2016          None

None – Packed by La Poissonnerie CowieInc.    Blue Marlin and Vegetables Skewers       4 x 900g          Projet 300576, 300585, and 900007            1 06 28477 10162 3

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home or establishment. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

blue.marlinFood contaminated with high levels of histamine may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Histamines are not destroyed by cooking. High levels of histamine in fish can cause an allergic-type reaction known as scombroid poisoning. Symptoms can include burning throat, diarrhea, dizziness, facial swelling, headache, vomiting and peppery taste in mouth.

This recall was triggered by consumer complaints. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.


There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the blue marlin used to make these products.