December 2, 2016

Homemade Brand Pickles and Sauces Recalled for Botulism

Homemade of Washington is recalling pickle and sauce products because they may have been improperly produced, making them a risk for Clostridium botulinum. The pH of the products is too high, according to sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. And required records to support safe processing guidelines were followed were not available.

Homemade Pickle Botulism RecallThe recalled products are packaged in clear glass bottles with metal caps. There are no lot codes or expiration dates. These products are recalled: Bread and Butter Pickles (16 oz./454 g); Icicle Pickles (16 oz./454 g); Pickled Beets (16 oz./454 g); Chili Sauce (12 oz./340 g); Lite BBQ Sauce (12 oz./ 340 g); Medium BBQ Sauce (12 oz./340 g); Hot BBQ Sauce (12 oz./340 g); and Horseradish BBQ Sauce (12 oz./340 g). They were sold from small retailers and fruit stands in Chelan and Douglas counties in Washington state. You can see pictures of product labels at the FDA web site.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The company has recalled all sauce and pickle products out of an abundance of caution. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Discard in a double bagged container or return to the place of purchase for a refund.

Botulism is a serious foodborne illness caused by a toxin produced by botulism spores. Symptoms of botulism poisoning include general weakness, dizziness, double vision, trouble with speaking and swallowing, difficulty in breathing, and constipation. If you ate these products and have experienced these symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible.

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