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August 2015

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday warned consumers who may have purchased products with one of three labels – Brandy’s “Jam”boree-N-More, Brandy & Dutch Weigand and Pier III – to dispose of the products immediately.

No illnesses have been identified at this time. The products were sold at various farmers markets and festivals, including the St. Clair Shores, Dodge Park, Sterling Heights, Shelby Township and New Baltimore farmers markets.

The products were manufactured in an unlicensed facility not using required controls for safe production of processed foods, the MDARD said.

Known products include various pickled products, relishes, syrups and jams, but other products may have been produced under these labels. Acidified foods like pickled products pose a serious risk of botulism if pH and other critical factors are not carefully controlled during processing to prevent the growth of C. botulinum, the MDARD said in a statement.

Botulism can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty in breathing, weakness of muscles, abdominal distension and constipation.

The very young, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should throw them away immediately.