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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.

Bacon Spread has Botulism Risk

Testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) revealed that the spread made by Kitchen by Brad Smoliak might permit the growth of clostridium botulinum, which causes botulism.

Customers who bought the affected 125 gram jars — which have best before dates of May 14 and July 14, 2014 — should throw them away, CFIA officials said in a release.

Food tainted with the toxin might not look or smell spoiled but can still cause illness, the CFIA said.

Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases the toxin can be fatal.

Honey and Botulism – Baby Risk

Two British babies have contracted a rare life-threatening disease triggered by eating honey.

The boys, aged three months and five months, had to be put on life-support machines suffering from infant botulism.

Both had been feeding badly and showed typical symptoms – a floppy head, drooping eyelids and constipation. They were cured only after medication costing £50,000 a dose was flown in from America.

The incidents, confirmed last week, have prompted public health chiefs to warn that infants under one should not be given honey.

The younger boy had eaten honey, while the older one had been given a homeopathic treatment that may have contained honey, which can carry the potentially deadly bacteria. The identities of the babies treated and the hospitals involved have not been disclosed.

But according to the latest health protection report from Public Health England, the five-month-old was diagnosed just before Christmas in central or southern England.

He may still be in hospital because recovery can sometimes take six months. He had taken the homeopathic remedy before becoming ill, though tests on it showed no trace of botulism.

The three-month-old was treated at a children’s hospital in northern England and has recovered.

His mother admitted giving him honey at home, though tests on what was left in the jar also failed to detect the botulism bacteria.

Liver Pate Recalled Due to Botulism Risk

Webbers Food is recalling “Hausmacher” liver pâté from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product has been sold in glass jars with no label only from November 13, 2013 to December 5, 2013, inclusively, at the following locations in Nova Scotia:

• Hammonds Plains Farmers’ Market, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia

• Lunenburg Farmers’ Market, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

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.

Botulism Outbreak in Texas

On Friday, the Health Department was informed of the first potential case here in Amarillo. They soon began investigating and discovered three other possible cases.

Two of the patients matched the criteria and were given the antitoxin. Doctors say they are slowly improving.

All four patients are adults and are currently hospitalized.

“We’ve got a small group of people who know each other in some manner, we hope that there are no other cases, but we just want to do our due diligence and make sure that we are protecting our community by providing information,” Casie Stoughton who is the Assistant Director of the City of Amarillo Public Health Department.

While one patient remains on a ventilator, another is now breathing on their own after receiving similar treatment.

Another patient had symptoms, began feeling better and then traveled to Georgia before having symptoms again and is currently hospitalized there.

The last patient is getting better on their own because officials say they caught it sooner than the others.

While all four of the patients know one another, the source of the illness has not been determined.

“There’s a lot we don’t know, we haven’t found common sources, we haven’t found any common restaurants, we haven’t found common…there’s just a lot of pieces of the puzzle that we don’t have,” Stoughton said.

The CDC out of Atlanta is sending experts to help the City of Amarillo investigate if these patients do have Botulism, and if so to determine the cause.

Since Botulism is a foodborne illness, the investigation will center around what the patients ate in the hours and days leading up to their illness.

Common symptoms include blurry vision, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, and heavy or droopy eye lids. Because the bacteria attacks the body’s nerve endings, it can lead to paralysis.

Symptoms usually appear 12 to 36 hours after being exposed to the toxin, but it may take up to 8 days. Doctors say it can take up to 6 months for a patient to be fully healthy again. In some rare cases, if left untreated, Botulism can be fatal.

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