June 29, 2022

Home Canning Warning After Washington Man Dies of Possible Botulism

A home canning warning has been issued by the Gray's Harbor County Public Health Department after a man living in Aberdeen, Washington died of possible botulism. The man was 55 to 65 years old. No further information on him is available. Confirmation of the case of death is pending confirmatory results. The property owner was assisted by officials from Grays Harbor County Environment Health with the safe disposal of around 170 pint-sized jars of home-canned food and canning jars according to CDC guidelines. Home canned foods can be a risk factor for botulism poisoning, especially if strict rules are not followed during preparation. Botulism is a toxin that cannot be seen or tasted. It does not change the texture, taste, aroma, or appearance of food. The toxin is produced by … [Read more...]

Soul Cedar Farm Recalls Zesty Sweet Peppers for Possible Botulism

Soul Cedar Farm in Quilcene, Washington is voluntarily recalling all batches of shelf-stable Zesty Sweet Peppers because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin, according to the Washington State Department of Health. As of April 19, 2022 there are no reports of illness that are associated with the consumption of this product. The recall was started after routine sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found that one batch of the Soul Cedar Farm Zesty Sweet Peppers had a pH level that was high enough to support formulation of the botulism toxin. The recalled product is packaged in 8-ounce glass containers, and was sold at retail stores in Quilcene and Port Townsend, Washington. Botulism is a potentially fatal form … [Read more...]

La Stimpson’s Surf Clams Recalled For Possible Botulism

La Stimpson's Surf Clams are being recalled in Canada for possible Clostridium botulinum contamination. This pathogen produces the toxin botulism, which can be deadly. The clams were sold at the Moncton Fish Market in Moncton, New Brunswick. The brand of the product is Moncton Fish Market. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this item. The recalled item is Moncton Fish Market La Stimpson's Surf Clams that are packaged in 153 gram glass jars. There is no UPC number on the label. All jars that were sold unrefrigerated are included in this recall. The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspeciotn Agency's inspection activities. A food safety investigation has been started, which may lead to the recall of more products. If … [Read more...]

How Do You Know You Have Clostridium Botulinum Poisoning?

How do you know you have Clostridium botulinum food poisoning? This very serious illness is caused when the Clostridium botulinum bacteria produces the botulism toxin and someone eats it. A very tiny amount of this toxin is enough to kill an adult; it is one of the most deadly toxins known to man. It's important that you know these symptoms so you can seek help as soon as possible for the best outcome. Foods that can be contaminated with this toxin include canned foods, especially low acid foods (higher pH) that are home canned, although there have been botulism outbreaks linked to industry produced food items. In addition, fish, if not properly eviscerated, can harbor this pathogen. Honey can contain low levels of the Clostridium botulinum spores, which is why honey should never be … [Read more...]

Olivera Olives Recalled For Possible Clostridium Botulinum

Olivera Olives are being recalled in Canada for possible Clostridium botulinum contamination. This pathogen creates the botulism toxin under anaerobic and low acid conditions, which can cause illness and death. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this item. The olives were distributed in Quebec in the hotel and restaurant and institutional industries. The recalled products are Olivera olives. They are black sliced olives sold in 2.84 liter containers. There is no UPC number on the product. The codes printed on the label are PRO: 08/03/2021 and EXP: 07/03/2023. The lot number on the product is 09SB260. The second recalled product is Olivera green sliced olives that are also packaged in 2.84 liter containers. There is no UPC … [Read more...]

Aldi Simply Nature Organic Poppy Seed Dressing Recalled For Botulism

Aldi Simply Nature Organic Poppy Seed Dressing is being recalled for possible Clostridium botulism contamination. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is Drew's Organics LLC of Chester, Vermont. The recalled product is Aldi Simply Nature Organic Poppy Seed Dressing that is packaged in a 12 fluid ounce glass bottle. The UPC number that is printed on the label is 4099100023169. And the best if used by date is February 15, 2023. One lot code of this product is recalled, but the lot code is not included in the recall notice. No other Aldi products are affected by this recall. The problem is a processing issue that could allow for microbial growth in the product. This salad dressing was … [Read more...]

All Randall Jarred Beans Recalled For Possible Botulism and Spoilage Risk

Randall Foods of Cincinnati, Ohio is recalling all of its Randall jarred beans for a possible botulism and premature spoilage risk. Manufacturing deviations included a malfunctioning temperature indicating device that raises the possibility that the beans were not effectively processed. Beans are a low acid food that must be canned properly or Clostridium botulinum bacteria can grow, producing the botulism toxin. Processing canned or jarred foods at a temperature that is too low can lead to this risk. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of these products. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with jar sizes, UPC numbers, and best by dates. Some of the recalled products include Great Northern … [Read more...]

Recall of S&W O Organic Beans For Compromised Seal Extended

The April 23rd recall of S&W O Organic Beans for a compromised hermetic seal on the cans has been extended to include more products. The compromised seal can affect the integrity of the can, which can then leak, bloat, or allow bacteria to grow inside the product, which could lead to botulism poisoning. The recalling firm is Faribault Foods. The recalled products were sold in these states: California, Washington, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, and Idaho in retail stores. This recall only affects the lot codes listed in a long list at the FDA web site. The lot codes are printed on the bottom of the cans. The distribution date, product name, and can size for the recalled items are also listed at that site. The recalled products include S&W … [Read more...]

S&W O Organic Black Beans Chili Beans Recalled For Possible Botulism

Faribault Foods is voluntarily recalling S&W O Organic Black Beans and O Organic Chili Beans because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin. The cans may have a compromised hermetic seal, which can affect the can integrity and may cause the cans to leak or bloat. This can also allow the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The recall was started after the firm received consumer and customer complaints about the failure of the seal. The problem related to the seal has been corrected, and no other Faribault Foods products are affected. This issue affects only the lot codes listed below. They were all distributed from February 2021 to April 2o21. The recalled products are S&W Organic Black Beans in 15 ounce cans, with lot number Best By JAN 31 … [Read more...]

Kolapore Springs Smoked Trout Recalled For Possible Botulism

North Shore Specialty Foods is recalling Kolapore Springs smoked trout from the marketplace because it could permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which can produce the toxin botulism. No illnesses have been reported to the company in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled products include Kolapore Springs Smoked Trout, sold in variable size packages. The UPC number printed on the label is 6 27987 16383 4. All best before dates are recalled, up to and including 2021 MR 31. Also recalled is Kolapore Springs Smoked Trout, Peppercorn, also sold in variable size packages. The UPC number printed on that product is 6 27987 16383 4. All best before dates up to and including 2021 MR 31 are included in this recall. These products were sold in Ontario at the … [Read more...]

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