Pills found in fish prompt Gorton’s recall
The recall is for Gorton’s 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets
Gorton’s Inc. recalled about 1,000 cases of frozen fish in 10 states
Friday after confirming a Pennsylvania customer found pills in her food.
Gorton’s said it ordered the recall as a precaution while a laboratory
works to determine the nature of the pills. Those tests should be
complete early next week.
“Obviously product alteration is a very serious matter,” said Jud Reis,
vice president of marketing for the company, based in Gloucester,
Massachusetts “We are conducting a full investigation into the source of
Tracy Rowan of New Freedom, Pennsylvania, called police after she bit
into one of the pills Sunday and found another on her daughter’s plate.
On Friday, Reis said the material was some sort of pill, not compressed
batter or bread crumbs.
Rowan described the pills as beige and aspirin-size.
“It’s kind of frightening to not only find something in your mouth, a
foreign object,” Rowan said Friday. “But then basically my heart stopped
when my daughter said, ‘I have one in my mouth, too,’ and pulled it out.”
Rowan, her daughter and her 10-year-old son were checked in an emergency room, then reported the incident to local police. They haven’t gotten sick, and Reis said the company knows of no other incidents.
Rowan said her daughter cooked the food and was adamant she did not
alter the fillets.
The recall is for Gorton’s 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets, 11.4 ounces.
The UPC Code is No. 44400157770, with a date code of 7289G1 and a
best-if-used-by date of April 2009.
The fish was sent to nine other states: Alabama, Delaware, California,
Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
Consumers who purchased the fish can call Gorton’s at 800-896-9479