Gorton's Recalls Fish After Consumer Finds Pills Inside

Gorton’s has issued a recall of some frozen fish fillets after they confirmed that a consumer found pills inside the product.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Gorton’s said it ordered the recall as a precaution while a laboratory conducts tests 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 Gloucester, Mass., company. “We are conducting a full investigation into the source of the problem.”

The recall is for Gorton’s Six Crispy Battered Fish Fillets weighing 11.4 ounces. The UPC is 44400157770, with a date code of 7289G1 and a best-if-used-by date of April 2009. The fish also was sent to Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Consumers who purchased the fish may call Gorton’s at 800-896-9479.

The family that found the pills inside their fish did not become ill, but the FBI and FDA are now investigating the incident.

Southern Regional Police Chief James Childs said that, on Friday, he received a call from the FBI and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“They have become the lead investigators,” Childs said.

Childs forwarded them copies of his department’s report on how Tracy Rowan and her daughter found items they believed were pills inside two Gorton’s fish fillets they were eating on Feb. 24.

Rowan’s son, who was also eating a fillet, tasted something hard and bitter and spit it out, Rowan said.

Scary! If this had happened to us, we would not have behaved rationally. Someone would have had to clock us over the head with a frying pan and drag us off to be checked out by the hospital.

Fish recalled after Pa. woman finds pills in it [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Feds take pill-in-fillet case [Evening Sun]


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  1. Elvisisdead says:

    Some folks might pay extra for this….

  2. MDSasquatch says:

    sounds like marketing efforts for some sort of newfangled PEZ dispenser

  3. backbroken says:

    I think someone at the fish farm did not understand the proper method for administering antibiotics to the fish.

    I guess the new Gorton’s slogan will be “Trusted since March 2008.”

  4. ThinkerTDM says:

    Did you think fish had high omega 3’s on their own? They go to GNC too, you know.

  5. apotheosis says:

    While not directly named as a suspect, Mrs. Paul is considered a “person of interest” to authorities.

  6. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    What are the chances of this being accidental? Who’s taking their blood pressure medication while leaning over the machinery?

  7. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @backbroken: Too soon. Nobody is trusting their product until they say they’ve caught who did it and/or claim they can prevent it from happening again.

    Maybe June 2008.

  8. bohemian says:

    Ick. Where are these manufactured?

  9. ninabi says:

    With my luck, I’d get the fish with the laxative pills instead of the hallucinogenics.

  10. ElizabethD says:

    As if eating frozen fish fillets isn’t punishment enough….

  11. The Porkchop Express says:

    That’s where my shipment…I mean what kind of person would put pills in fish.

    Thank god it wasn’t viagra.

  12. The Great Aussie Evil says:

    @ElizabethD: I think you have to heat them first.

  13. kimsama says:

    Gorton’s, Trusted from 1849 to 2007

  14. Nenne says:

    Well, I bought 2 packs of their fish b/c they were buy one get one free. Tasting them was enough for me to not ever buy Gorton’s fish fillets again.

  15. elijah_dukes_mayonnaise says:

    The Gorton’s Fisherman needs to meet Betty Ford.

  16. parad0x360 says:

    I hope they were good pills…

    Im sure this was an accident. Someone probably dropped some and they got in with the food and just didnt tell anyone because they feared their job. Im sure its not some kid of urban terrorist trying to get Gordon to stop is terrible fishing ways!

    Im glad they caught it and they arent hiding it. Cant wait for more details.

  17. darkened says:

    I’d laugh if the pills were vitamin c tablets and they actually increased the nutritional value of the fish

  18. Ghede says:

    @darkened: I was thinking the same thing, only with partially dissolved Flintstones chewable vitamins.

  19. nursetim says:

    I blame Big Pharma

  20. camille_javal says:

    So this is one family (as I understand from the linked articles)? It smacks of the finger-in-Wendy’s-chili scam.

  21. loueloui says:

    Hmm, So that’s Captain Hazelwood on the box then?

  22. MYarms says:

    I don’t know what surprises me more: the fact that someone found pills inside of the fish or the fact that the brand name is actually Gorton’s. All my life I had thought it was Gordon’s.

  23. wouldacoulda13 says:

    Amazing. I saw this story on a local news channel. It showed the mother holding up the filet with the pills next to it. They were large circular pills. The woman holding the bag had a smile on her face. She found her pot of gold.

  24. Spooty says:

    Followup: One of the kids did it!
    See: [www.snopes.com]