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Michigan Botulism Worry

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is warning consumers that may have purchased any of the products listed below, produced by Lock Stock and Barrel Ranch of Onaway, Michigan, to dispose of all products immediately because they were manufactured without using the required controls for the safe production of processed foods. This potential problem was discovered by MDARD Inspectors with the Food & Dairy Division during the course of a routine food safety inspection. Products under recall include the following:

•    Beef Vegetable Soup
•    Tomato Basil Soup
•    Bacon Cauliflower Soup
•    Mama Splans Medium Salsa
•    Mama Splans Hot Salsa
•    Sweet Salsa
•    Tomatillo Salsa
•    Mango Salsa
•    Peach Salsa
•    Dilly Beans
•    Pickled Beets
•    Pickled Carrots
•    Pickled Mushrooms
•    Pickled Asparagus
•    Pickled Cauliflower
•    Pickled Garlic
•    Bread & Butter Pickles
•    Sweet & Hot Pickles
•    Dill Pickles
•    Dill Relish
•    Bloody Mary Mix
•    Spaghetti Sauce

Known products from this manufacturer were sold in glass jars ranging in size from 8 oz. to 32 oz. Acidifed and low-acid foods such as these 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.

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 muscles, abdominal distension, and constipation may also be common symptoms. 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.

No illnesses have been identified at this time. The products were sold at the firms retail outlet, the Lock Stock & Barrel Ranchs General Store, located at 20420 State Street in Onaway, Michigan. The products were also sold at various farm markets, including those in Rogers City, Posen, Indian River, and Gaylord Michigan.

Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should throw them away immediately. Double bag the products in plastic bags that are tightly closed and then place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home. Consumers with health concerns from consumption of the product should contact their health care provider.