August 2012

A Pennsylvania-based company is recalling several of its protein drinks because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that can cause a life-threatening illness in humans when ingested.

Protica, Inc. of Whitehall, PA issued a voluntary recall of its Body Choice “Protein Shots,” Nutritional Resources “Protein Wave,” ProBalance “Protein to Go French Vanilla Latte” and “Protein to Go Milk Shake” Thursday after an on-site investigation revealed that they were being processed in a way that is not guaranteed to prevent the growth of Clostridium botulinum.

Toxins produced by this bacteria attack the nervous system and can cause paralysis and even death.

Products subject to the recall include:

– Protein to Go Milk Chocolate Shake, sold in a 2.5 oz. bottle, marked with the following:

Manufacture Date Lot Number

2/9/12 PP0402 4109 A

2/9/12 PP0402 4109 B

2/9/12 PP0402 4109 C

2/9/12 PP0402 4109 D

2/9/12 PP0402 4109 E

2/9/12 PP0402 4109 F

2/9/12 PP0402 4109 G

2/13/12 PP0442 4113

2/16/12 PP0442 4115

3/29/12 PP0892 4121

4/12/12 PP1032 4131 A

4/12/12 PP1032 4131 B

4/25/12 PP1162 4134 B

4/25/12 PP1162 4134 C

4/25/12 PP1162 4134 A

5/3/12 PP1242 4139

5/8/12 PP1242 4140

6/7/12 PP1592 4145 B

6/7/12 PP1592 4145 A

– Protein to Go French Vanilla Latte, sold in a 2.5 oz. bottle, marked with the following:

Manufacture Date Lot Number

9/8/2011 PP2511 4066 A

9/8/2011 PP2511 4066 B

10/11/2011 PP2841 4079

10/18/2011 PP2911 4086

12/6/2011 PP3401 4103

2/13/2012 PP0442 4112

4/2/2012 PP0932 4122

4/4/2012 PP0952 4125

4/11/2012 PP1022 4129

4/24/2012 PP1152 4133 A

4/24/2012 PP1152 4133 B

4/24/2012 PP1152 4133 C

5/1/2012 PP1222 4138 A

5/1/2012 PP1222 4138 B

5/1/2012 PP1222 4138 C

5/8/2012 PP1292 4141

6/8/2012 PP1592 4146 A

6/8/2012 PP1592 4146 B

– Nutritional Resources Protein Wave gelatin, served in a 6 oz. cup and marked with a manufacture date of May 03 2012 and lot number PP 1242 6123

– Body Choice Protein Shots, served in a 3 oz. vial and marked with a manufacture date of Dec 20, 2011 and lot number PP 3541 2924

Symptoms of botulism (the illness caused by C. botulinum toxins) include general weakness, dizziness, double-vision, trouble speaking or swallowing, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, abdominal distention and constipation.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warned consumers not to eat certain 7th Heaven Gourmet spreads on Saturday because they were processed in a manner that makes them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes botulism poisoning.

7th Heaven Gourmet of Hesperia, California recalled its Pate Mediterraneo and Eggplant & Shitake Tapenade spreads packaged in 8 ounce glass jars with screw-on metal lids, which were available for purchase between September 2011 and July 2012 and sold at farmers markets in Victorville and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Consumers may have purchased the 7th Heaven Gourmet spreads at the following farmers markets:

– Victorville Farmers Market (Victor Valley College) 18422 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, CA

– Victoria Garden Farmers Market, 12505 North Mainstreet, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Anyone in possession of the recalled products should discard them in the trash.

The Arizona Republic reports that four state prison inmates were hospitalized with suspected botulism poisoning Friday after apparently drinking homemade prison alcohol, authorities said.

This is not the first time that prison inmates have been diagnosed with botulism following what is suspected to be an attempt at making homemade alcohol.

In 2011, 12 inmates at the Utah State Prison in Draper developed botulism after drinking a concoction made from fruit, potatoes, bread, water and sugar.

In 2004, four California inmates were hospitalized after contracting botulism from a two-gallon batch of prison-made alcohol.