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RI Pasta Sauces Not Properly Processed Pose Botulism Risk

The Rhode Island Department of Health is warning the public that five types of pasta sauces sold under the D. Palmieri Bakery brand name were not properly processed and could pose a risk of Clostridium botulinum poisoning.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-pasta-sauce-image13436430Anyone who purchased jars of Roasted Garlic Sauce, Clam Sauce, Tomato Basil Sauce, Fra-Diavalo Sauce, and Marinara Sauce from the bakery at 624 Killingly St. in Johnston, RI, should not open them but place the bottles inside a double plastic bag and throw them away. The bakery reportedly will refund customer purchases of the sauces in question if desired.

While there have not been any issues reported in connection with the sauce products to date, the department advises the public not to consume them. The five types of pasta sauces are the only products sold at the D. Palmieri bakery that are of concern.

The problem was noted during a recent inspection by the RI Office of Food Protection, health officials said. Preparation of the products has been halted, and the sauces have been taken off the bakery’s shelves.

Botulinum toxin can cause general weakness, dizziness, double vision and difficulty speaking, swallowing, or breathing. Anyone experience such symptoms is advised to immediately seek medical attention.

 

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