October 8, 2020

Tips For Avoiding Botulism When Canning Foods at Home

Now that the first frost has occurred, the growing season is over in the upper Midwest. Many people are canning foods from their garden and those items purchased at farmers' markets. But you need to know these tips for avoiding botulism when canning foods at home. Canning means you are enclosing food in an anaerobic environment: there is little to no air inside the jars. When combined with low acid foods, such as asparagus, green beans, beets, corn, potatoes, some kinds of tomatoes, figs, meats, fish, and seafood, this creates the perfect environment for the growth of Clostridium botulinum spores. Like most pathogens and the toxins they produce, botulism toxin will not change the taste, appearance, texture, or aroma of food. And it takes just a tiny amount to cause paralysis and … [Read more...]

Consumers Warned About Possible Botulism in Health is Wealth Products

The Rhode Island Department of Health is warning consumers about possible botulism in Health is Wealth products. These products were sold from the Health is Wealth Nutrition Center which is located at 1674 Cranston Street in Cranston, Rhode Island. The products include juices, smoothies, and sea moss gel. There is potential for processing, storage, and control issues with these products. No illnesses have been reported to date to the company or officials to date in connection with this issue. There may be botulism in Health is Wealth Sea Moss Drink. This juice is sold in 12 ounce and 16 ounce containers. It comes in several flavors, including but not limited to: Blackberry, Fruit Punch, Soursop Guanabana, Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Mango, Guava Guayaba, and Tamarind. … [Read more...]

Érablière Godbout Sauce Spaghetti Recalled For Possible Botulism

Érablière Godbout is recalling Érablière Godbout Sauce Spaghetti from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum, a pathogen that produces the toxin botulism. The sauce was sold in Quebec at the retail level. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this recalled product. The recalled product is Érablière Godbout Sauce Spaghetti that is packed in 500 mL jars. There is no UPC number on the label. All units where the label doesn't mention "Keep Refrigerated" are recalled. Also, Érablière Godbout Sauce Spaghetti that is packaged in 1 liter glass jars is recalled. There is no UPC number printed on the package. And all units where the label does not mention "Keep Refrigerated" are recalled.  This recall was triggered by … [Read more...]

Common Symptoms of All of the Food Poisoning Pathogens

Food poisoning outbreaks occur every year in the United States. These outbreaks can be caused by bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria Monocytogenes, Clostridium botulinum, Campylobacter, Shigella, Staphylococcus aureus, Brucella, Vibrio, and Bacillus cereus; and viruses such as norovirus and hepatitis A. At least 48,000,000 Americans are sickened with food poisoning every year. Do you know the common symptoms of all of the food poisoning pathogens? We've collected articles about all of these symptoms, which includes the foods most likely to be contaminated, in one place for easy reference. If someone in your family is sick with these symptoms, you'll be able to get help more quickly if you understand the pathogens. It's worth noting that it's wise for all consumers to … [Read more...]

How Do You Know If You Have a Botulism Infection?

Botulism is one of the scariest and most lethal foodborne illness infections. The bacteria Clostridium botulinum produces a toxin as it grows. A tiny, tiny amount of that toxin is enough to kill an adult. So how do you know if you have a botulism infection? Most people think that botulism outbreaks are tied to canned food. It's true that the bacterium grows in an anaerobic environment, which means that there is no air in the container that holds the food. But botulism can also grow in honey, which is why babies under the age of 1 should never be given honey. And a deadly botulism outbreak linked to nacho cheese sauce served at Valley Oak and Fuel in Walnut Grove, California in May, 2017 sickened 10 people and killed one person. The bacteria and the toxin do not change how the … [Read more...]

Whole Capelin Fish Pet Treats Recalled For Possible Botulism

IcelandicPlus LLC is voluntarily recalling Whole Capelin Fish Pet Treats for possible botulism contamination because the product exceeds FDA size restrictions for uneviscerated fish. This could use severe illness or death in both animals eating the treats and the people who handle them. The FDA regulations are based on the fact that that salt-cured, dried, or uneviscerated fish larger than 5 inches have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning in people between 1981 and 1987 and again in 1991. No reports of illness of pets or people have been received to date in connection w with the problem. The Whole Capelin Fish Pet Treats have been sold throughout the country in independent pet specialty stores. The product is packed in a clear plastic 1.5 or 2.5 ounce plastic bag or a … [Read more...]

Cielo Glamping Maritime Clams Recalled in Canada For Possible Botulism

Cielo Glamping Maritime clams are being recalled in New Brunswick, Canada because they may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The recalled products were sold from Cielo Glamping Maritime, located at 232 Chemin des Huîtres, in Haut-Shippigan New Brunswick. They are bottled clams, with no label, that were sold in 500 ml and 1 liter glass jars with a metal lid. There is no UPC number on the product. Foods contaminated with the Clostridium botulinum toxin will not look, smell, or taste spoiled, and the texture is not affected. A tiny amount of this toxin can make you very sick and can kill. Symptoms of botulism poisoning in adults can include facial paralysis, loss of expression, … [Read more...]

Smoked Alaska Silver Salmon Recalled For Possible Botulism

Smoked Alaska Seafoods of Wasilla, Alaska is recalling all jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The Smoked Silver Salmon is sold in 6.5 ounce containers. It has a production code of AL81111133 on the bottom of the jar or can. The company produces this product in flexible retortable pouches, glass jars, and black two piece metal cans. The flexible retortable pouches of this product are not affected by this recall. It was sold throughout the state of Alaska, mostly in gift sores in the Anchorage and Fairbanks area. The recall was started as a result of an independent audit paid for by Smoked Alaska Seafoods. They found that the recalled lot didn't … [Read more...]

Betty’s King Sauce Recalled in Vancouver, BC for Possible Botulism

Vancouver Coastal Health is issuing a public safety advisory and recall for Betty's King Sauce, for possible botulism contamination. The sauce is prepared out of a home in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The product is considered unsafe because it has the potential to grow Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which produce a toxin that can be deadly if ingested. Sales have been online from various social media accounts, including Instagram and Facebook, and through a public website. The product has been sold since 2014. Consumers are advised to discard the sauce. Inspectors found that the product was being made in a private home, which is not an approved and inspected facility. Ingredients and the processing method could allow for the growth of pathogenic bacteria. Clostridium … [Read more...]

Kraft Heinz Recalls Cheese Dip for Possible Botulism Risk

Kraft Heinz is recalling one flavor of their cheese dip for possible botulism risk, according to news sources. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso is showing signs of separation, which can lead to a health hazard. About 7,000 cases of the cheese dip are being recalled. The recalled product is Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip in 15 ounce glass jars. The "best when used by" dates on that individual product are 27 DEC 2018 and 23 JAN 2019. The UPC number is 021000024490. The recalled cases have UPC number 021000024490 with best by dates December 27, 2018 and January 23, 2018; and UPC number 21000066900 with best by dates October 31, 2018, November 1, 2018, December 26, 2018 December 27, 2018 and January 23, 2019. … [Read more...]

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