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TX Firm Recalls Salted Fish for Possible Botulism Contamination

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Lao Thai Nam Corp. of Dallas, TX, has recalled Number One Sompa Salted Fish because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. Number One Sompa Salted Fish was distributed… Continue Reading

Bacon Spread Recalled in Canada Over Botulism Concerns

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“Bacon by Brad Smoliak” bacon spread sold in Alberta is being recalled due to potentially permitting the growth of clostridium botulinum, the bacterium which casues botulism, according to CBC News. The problem was detected through testing done by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The recalled product comes in 125-gram jars with best-before dates of… Continue Reading

Canadian Liver Pâté Recalled Due to Botulism Risk

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Webbers Food is recalling “Hausmacher” liver pâté from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product has been sold in glass jars with no label only from Nov. 13, 2013, to Dec. 5, 2013, inclusively, at the following locations in… Continue Reading

TX Health Officials Investigating Four Suspected Botulism Cases

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Public health officials in Amarillo, TX, are investigating a possible botulism outbreak after learning of four probable cases of the rare and potentially fatal foodborne illness on Friday, Dec. 6. As of Wednesday, Dec. 11, officials reportedly had not yet identified a common source and were checking into what the four adult patients had eaten… Continue Reading

Canadian Firm Recalls Hot Dog Relish for Botulism Risk

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced this week that Orange Blossom Farm is recalling Hot Dog Relish in response to a food safety investigation being conducted by CFIA. The relish was sold at St. Jacob’s Farmers’ Market in Ontario in 500 ml containers. The public health agency announced that the recall was triggered by CFIA… Continue Reading

Smoked Salmon and Cod Recalled for Botulism Risk

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Big Blue Fisheries, LLC, of Sitka, AK, is recalling all of its vacuum-packaged smoked salmon and cod products because they were not properly cooked and may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that cause botulism. The company is encouraging customers to discard the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. The… Continue Reading

China’s Food Safety Concerns Might Spill New Zealand’s Milk

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After  tons of its whey protein concentrate used in baby formula was found to be contaminated with potentially deadly botulism, the chairman of a New Zealand dairy cooperative immediately flew to China to answer questions from the Chinese dairy industry and government officials. Fonterra Chairman John Wilson’s decision to answer Beijing’s questions before those gathering… Continue Reading

Practice Safe Home Canning to Avoid Botulism, CDC Advises

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Home canning is a popular activity — but one that must be done safely in order to prevent the growth of dangerous bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding the public. “Home canning is a great way to preserve your garden goodies. But beware: if it’s done the wrong way, the vegetables… Continue Reading

Botulism from Home-Fermented Tofu Sickened 2 in 2012

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Two customers of a Chinese grocery in New York City likely fell ill with botulism after home-fermenting their tofu in January 2012, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illnesses happened 23 days apart, though investigators found that the patients — both Chinese immigrants — used similar… Continue Reading

Chai Tea Recalled for Botulism Risk

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A Washington state company is recalling its chai tea because the beverage was improperly processed and therefore has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Harmony Chai of Eastsound, WA issued a voluntary recall of its concentrated black spiced and decaffeinated roobius chai teas Friday after testing by the Washington State Department of… Continue Reading