July 26, 2014

Richard’s Too Good BBQ Sauces Recalled for Botulism Risk

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Richard’s Rubs & Seasonings is recalling Richard’s Too Good BBQ Sauce, Richard’s Too Good Hot Sauce and Richard’s Too Good Teriyaki Sauce for possible botulism risk. Botulism is a potentially fatal foodborne illness. The sauces were improperly processed and have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a nerve toxin which can cause botulism. Botulism, which causes paralysis, cannot be spread from person to person. Symptoms, which usually develop within 12 to 36 hours of exposure, include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness beginning with facial muscles and moving down. Respiratory failure occurs when it reaches the muscle groups that control lung function. Anyone who ate one of the … [Read more...]

Healdsburg Pickling Company Foods Recalled for Botulism Risk

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Healdsburg Pickling Company of California is recalling jarred food products because they may have been improperly processed, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium Botulinum. If you consume the botulinum toxin, you could have a serious illness. No illnesses are linked to these products at this time. Pickles, Pickled Green Beans, and Pickled Carrots are being recalled. They were sold under the Healdsburg Pickling Company label and packaged in quart and pint glass jars with screw-on metal lids. The products do not have any coding, UPC numbers, or "use by" dates. The products were only sold at The Cheese Shop at 423 Center Street in Healdsburg, California, and at Perry's Deli at 12301 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Inverness Park, California. If you purchased any of these … [Read more...]

Botulism from Canned Food Spawns MS Man’s 3-Year Survival Struggle

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On Thanksgiving weekend 2011, Jay Klein of Mississippi ate some canned food that almost killed him. The former construction worker didn't know what was happening to him, that a nerve toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria in the food he ate was paralyzing his muscles. Neither did the emergency room doctors who placed him on a ventilator. Six days after Klein was admitted, they prepared to tell his wife Amanda that he was brain dead, although he was actually fully conscious. Klein, who recently shared his story with WMCTV, says he was aware of what was happening but unable to move more speak. He prayed that God would help him show the doctors he could hear and understand and somehow when the doctor told him to move his leg, Klein did. After almost three years in and out … [Read more...]

Jailhouse Wine: Compost Pile Aroma with a Finish of Botulism

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Prisoners who drink jailhouse wine are often among the small number of Americans sickened by foodborne botulism each year. Batches of jailhouse wine, sometimes called pruno or hooch, are ideal breeding grounds for the bateria that causes botulism, a life-threatening disease that paralyzes muscle groups starting at the head and working its way down.  When the nerve toxins reach the muscles that control breathing, botulism is fatal without medical intervention. A recent study looked at a 2011 outbreak at a Utah prison that sickened eight people. The prisoners became ill after drinking the pruno. In three of them, the disease had progressed to the muscle groups affecting their lungs. They were intubated to prevent respiratory failure. Botulism cannot be spread from person to person. … [Read more...]

Botulism Outbreak in Amarillo

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Health officials in Amarillo are investigating an outbreak of botulism, a rare, paralytic illness that can be fatal. At least four people are believed to have eaten something contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that produces a nerve toxin that causes paralysis. All four remain hospitalized and are slowly recovering. Botulism is not spread from person-to-person contact. Symptoms of foodborne botulism usually develop within 12 to 36 hours of exposure and include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness that usually begins at the shoulders and moves down. If the infection reaches the muscles that control breathing, botulism can be fatal without mechanical ventilation. Recovery can take weeks or … [Read more...]

Big Blue Fisheries Recalls Smoked Fish For Botulism Risk

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Big Blue Fisheries is recalling all smoked fish products due to botulism risk. All lots, codes and sizes sold in vacuum packages are being recalled because the products may not have been properly cooked and have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that causes botulism, which can be life-threatening or fatal. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it. To date, there have been no reported illnesses or consumer complaints. Botulism symptoms include: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation can also occur Anyone with these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. The recall was issued after … [Read more...]

FDA Improves Reporting for Canned Foods Manufacturers

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If improperly processed, canned foods can contain botulism, a toxin that can paralyze and kill human beings. The FDA is making it easier for manufacturers of acidified and low-acid canned foods to submit information about the manufacturing process and to improve the accuracy of that information. The Agency will begin using forms that are specific to the different industry manufacturing processes. Forms for low-acid retorted method, acidified method, water activity control method, and low-acid aseptic systems will now be separate. This will help the FDA ensure the safety of these higher risk foods. Stakeholders will be able to comment on these forms before they are put into use. In the next few days, FDA will issue a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of public … [Read more...]

Five Prison Hooch Botulism Outbreaks In 8 Years

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Prison hooch has been the source of five botulism outbreaks in the last eight years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Hooch, or pruno, is illicit alcohol prisoners make from rotting fruit. The most recent outbreak was in November 2012, when eight inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex -Eyman in Florence, Ariz.,  contracted botulism from prison hooch.  The inmates, who ranged in age from 20 to 35 experienced symptoms including blurred or double vision,  muscle weakness,  difficulty swallowing and  impaired gag reflex. All of them were hospitalized and received the botulism antitoxin. Seven of the patients experienced respiratory muscle paralysis were intubated and fed through feeding tubes.  After 11-14 days of intubation, the … [Read more...]

California Botulism Risk in Sister Sara’s Good for You Products

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The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat "Sister Sara's GOod for You" products because they may be susceptible to Clostridium botulinum contamination. No illnesses have been reported in association with the consumption of these products. The products were sold at certified farmers markets in Alameda County. Public health officials discovered that the products were made without required controls to prevent botulism toxin. A tiny amount of the botulism toxin can cause serious illness and death. The products were sold in one pint glass canning jars with screw on metal lids. They are "Sister Sara's Good for You Soup", Sister Sara's Bread & Butter Pickles", Sister Sara's Pickled Beets", and "Sister Sara's Old Fashioned Dill Pickles." There are no date … [Read more...]

Sam’s Club Listeria Smoked Salmon Recall

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Potential Listeria contamination in certain smoked salmon products sold at Sam’s Club stores nationwide has prompted the discount retailer to notify its customers of a recall. The products under recall were produced by Tampa Bay Fisheries Inc. of Dover Fl. and Multi-Export Foods. Inc of Miami. The recall covers all smoked salmon products produced since November 14, 2012 and sold under the brand name  Paramount Reserve at Sam’s Club stores in 42 states and Puero Rico. Specifically, smoked salmon "twin packs" (two 6 oz vacuum packages in a cardboard sleeve) with UPC number 6 88264 86705  and the following lot/sublot/batch numbers: 931-59733-2, 933-59753-1, 933-59754-2, 875-701413-1 and 890-701413-1. And 1.25  lb. packages of smoked salmon with the UPC number 6 88264 86664 … [Read more...]

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