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Pumpkin Seed Pesto Recalled

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman warned consumers today not to eat Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Seed Pesto sauce because it may have been improperly produced, making it susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum.

Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred and canned foods may lead to serious illness and death.

The manufacturer of the product, California Olive and Vine, LLC, of Sutter, California, initiated the voluntary recall after CDPH determined that the product had been improperly processed. The product was packaged in eight ounce glass jars with screw-on metal lids. The recalled product can be identified by the following stock keeping unit (SKU) numbers: 6404305 and 6389043. Photographs of the affected product package are located on the Recalled Product Photo Page. The Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Seed Pesto has been sold nationwide at Williams-Sonoma retail stores since September 2014.

Pasta Sauce Recalled Over Botulism Fears

Tullia’s is recalling Tullia’s Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce after tests revealed its acidity was low enough to allow the growth of the organism that causes botulism.  The sauce is labeled in blue ink with the code 530140. The batch includes 16 and 32 ounce sizes.

The sauce is sold at Rosauer’s, Yoke’s, Egger’s on West Rosewood, Trading Company Stores in Spokane, Main Market and Albertson’s at Wandermere Mall.

Botulism is potentially fatal, but the company has not been notified of any illnesses associated with the sauce. The decision to recall the product was made after a review by the Washington state Department of Agriculture.

Botulism Recall: Corfinio Foods

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers not to eat any canned soups or sauces made by Corfinio Foods of Richmond, VA, because they were improperly processed and therefore susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum.

Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred and canned foods may lead to serious illness and death. Although there have been no reported cases of illness associated with these products, the department stated that it was issuing a consumer warning so that people who have previously purchased the products do not consume them.

According to Virginia food safety officials, Corfinio Foods has already suspended production of all of its canned soups and sauces, and the firm is currently working to come into compliance with state requirements.

The soups and sauces are packaged in glass, Mason-style jars with metal, screw-on lids and have been sold at the Brandermill Green Market in Midlothian, VA. The jars are marked with the Corfinio Foods label.

Botulism Causes Ohio Illnesses

Brie Zeitner of the Plain Dealer reports that two people in Ohio have been hospitalized with botulism that public health officials suspect is connected to a nationwide recall of VR Green Farms’ jarred sauces.

The two Ohio patients, both Cincinnati residents in their 20′s, were each on ventilators at one point but are improving, according to the Cincinnati Health Department. One patient is still on a ventilator and was transferred last week to an acute long-term care facility, Dr. Steven Englender, director of the department’s Center for Public Health Preparedness said in an email. The other patient is breathing unassisted and “may have been discharged by now,” he said.

Preliminary testing by the Cincinnati Health Department found evidence of Clostridium botulinum type B in a meal of pasta that contained the recalled pesto sauce. The lab is still awaiting confirmation of those results.

VR Green Farms of San Clemente, CA, is voluntarily recalling a variety of its jarred food products because they may have been improperly produced, therefore making them susceptible to contamination by Clostridium botulinum.

The recalled products include Pine Nut Basil Pesto, Pickled Farm Mix, Old World Tomato Sauce, Sundried Tomatoes in Olive Oil, Tuscan Grilling Sauce and Pasta Sauce. Photographs of these products can be found here. The products were sold at the VR Green Farms stand in San Clemente, CA, and via the Internet to consumers throughout the United States.

BBQ Sauce Recalled Over Botulism Risk

Richard’s Rubs & Seasonings LLC is recallingRichard’s Too Good BBQ Sauce, Richard’s Too Good Hot Sauce and Richard’s Too Good Teriyaki Sauce because they may have been improperly processed and may have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness.

The recalled sauces were sold in western Washington grocery stores and butcher shops in Kitsap, Snohomish and King counties. Sauces are packaged in 12 oz. tall glass bottles with metal screw caps and black heat-resistant tamper seals.

The products being recalled were distributed up to June 17, 2014. This recall has been initiated because of a consumer complaint indicating that sauce may have been improperly processed. Richard’s Rubs & Seasonings LLC has not been notified of any illness associated with its products.

Botulism Recall: Healdsburg Pickling Company

Items Sold at The Cheese Shop in Healdsburg and Perry’s Deli in Inverness Park

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Ron Chapman warned consumers today not to eat Healdsburg Pickling Company jarred food products because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium Botulinum. Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred and canned foods may lead to serious illness and death. No illnesses have been linked to any of the affected products at this time.

Healdsburg Pickling Company of Healdsburg, California is voluntarily recalling the following varieties of jarred food products: Pickles, Pickled Green Beans, and Pickled Carrots. These food products were sold under the Healdsburg Pickling Company label and packaged in quart and pint glass jars with screw-on metal lids. The product labels do not include any coding or “use by” dates. Photographs of the affected packages can be found on CDPH’s Healdsburg Pickling Company Recalled Product Photos page.

The recalled food products were only sold at:

• The Cheese Shop, 423 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448

• Perry’s Deli, 12301 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness Park, CA 94937

Consumers in possession of the recalled products should discard them in the trash. Botulism toxin is odorless and colorless. Cooking the products will not inactivate any toxin that is present.

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The initial symptoms frequently experienced are double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry or sore throat. Progressive descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, may follow. Additional symptoms may include slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, inability of the neck muscles to support the head, paralysis of the extremities and respiratory muscles may occur. Infants with botulism appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, have a weak cry, and poor muscle tone.

Botulism Risk Prompts Fish Recall

Orr’s Fine Meats and Deli of Parry Sound, Ontario, is recalling two smoked fish products because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism.

The following products have been recalled: Smoked White Fish (filet) and Smoked Lake Trout (filet).

Both products were sold as filets with no brand name or UPC code.

Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

This recall was triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) inspection activities. CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

Rice Porridge with Abalone Recalled Over Botulism Risk

A Korean-made rice product is being recalled because of concerns it may allow the growth of a bacteria that causes botulism.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Rice Porridge with Abalone from Korea Food Trading Ltd. is sold in Ontario and New Brunswick but may also have been distributed in other provinces.

The product is sold in a round 288-gram container featuring Korean characters with a code reading 2015-01-24.

The federal health agency says anyone who has the product should thrown it out or return it to the store where it was purchased.

Food contaminated with the toxin (Clostridium botulinum) may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. The CFIA says symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Botulism Risk Prompts Fish Recall

Lao Thai Nam Corp., of Dallas, Texas is recalling Number One Sompa Salted Fish, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Number one Sompa Salted Fish was distributed in the state of Texas (Irving and Houston areas) through retail stores, prior to 03/31/2014.

Number One Sompa Salted Fish is contained in a clear vacuum packaged pouch. The pouch contains red and black lettering with a fish logo on the left hand portion. The product is a 7-ounce package containing a whole processed Tin Foil Barb fish, UPC: 8 8433200019 4.