July 3, 2022

Food Poisoning Flashback: Deadly Botulism Outbreak at Church Potluck

Last summer, a deadly botulism outbreak was linked to a potluck meal at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Ohio. Twenty nine people were sickened, two people died. Previously, one fatality had been reported in connection with the largest botulism outbreak to strike the U.S. in 40 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of those sickened described onset of symptoms two days after attending the potluck. Home-canned potatoes in potato salad were the likely source of the outbreak, health officials concluded. Botulism is caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which is found in soil and dust. Symptoms include: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle … [Read more...]

Listeria Concern Prompts Garden Fresh Potato Salad Recall

Garden-Fresh Foods Inc. of Milwaukee is recalling a limited quantity of Spartan Fresh Selections American Potato Salad in 16 oz. packages because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product was delivered to stores in Michigan and Toledo, Ohio. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this product. But, consumers who have purchased it should not eat as Listeria can cause serious illness. Symptoms of an infection include: high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Young children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems are also at elevated risk. The products being recalled are Spartan Fresh Selections American Potato Salad in … [Read more...]

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