May 2008

Consumers in upstate New York are being warned not to eat "Smoked Kuta Fish and Boney Fish (Herring)" sold by the African Carribean Market at 1415 N. Clinton Ave., Rochester, because the organs were not removed from the product.

The "Smoked Kuta Fish and Boney Fish (Herring)" was sold in the Rochester and Syracuse areas of New York State, and was offered for sale refrigerated, in un-coded, unlabeled polybags.

Uneviscerated (organs not removed) fish is prohibited under state Department of Agriculture and Markets’ regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the organs than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of Botulism poisoning.

More can be found here.

Atlanta-based Bella Cucina, which sells through the mail, on the internet and in stores, is recalling 6-ounce glass jars of porcini and parmesan pesto because of possible contamination by Clostridium botulinum.

That’s the bacteria that can produce the toxin that causes botulism, a potentially deadly form of food poisoning.

The porcini and parmesan pesto sells for $12 for each 6-ounce jar. Sure does sound tasty, though. Bella Cucina’s website promises that  the "Porcini and Parmesan Pesto is a thick, hearty pesto combining Italy’s most treasured ingredients: dried porcini mushrooms and parmesan cheese. This earthy pesto melts in your mouth…"

No illnesses have yet connected with the "earthy pesto" that now maybe just a little too earthy.

The jars being recalled are marked by lot numbers 0081028 and 0081018.