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Oregon Cannery Working to Get Back in Compliance After Recall

Skipanon cannery

A canned seafood recall stemming from inadequate processing records at an Oregon cannery has resulted in 16 secondary recalls to date but no illnesses, and the family-owned business is working to get back in compliance so it can restart operations before the end of the year. Skipanon Brand Seafoods LLC of Warrenton, OR, was issued a cease-and-desist… Continue Reading

Dehydrated and Marinated Uneviscerated Fish Recalled for Botulism Risk

Sunrise Brand recalled fish

Seaquest Seafood Corp. of Industry, CA, is recalling its Dehydrated & Marinated Uneviscerated Fish as listed below because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. Botulism,… Continue Reading

Oregon Seafood Firm Recalls Canned Fish for Possible Botulism Risk

Skipanon Tuna label

Skipanon Brand Seafood LLC of Warrenton, OR, is voluntarily recalling ALL LOTS, ALL SIZES of ALL Skipanon brand canned seafood products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use any of the recalled product even if it… Continue Reading

Michigan Officials Warn Public About Products Made in Unlicensed Facility

Brandy & Dutch pickles

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is warning consumers who may have purchased products labeled with any of the following names to dispose of all products immediately because they were manufactured in an unlicensed facility not using required controls for the safe production of processed foods: Brandy’s “Jam”boree-N-More Brandy & Dutch Weigand Pier… Continue Reading

Ohio Botulism Outbreak a Somber Reminder About Canning Food Safely

OSU Extension photo for botulism story

(This article by Martha Filipic, a writer/editor with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, was originally posted here on Aug. 17, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) COLUMBUS, OH—It was a church potluck like any other. But within days, botulism killed one Fairfield County woman and hospitalized 24… Continue Reading

MMWR: Rapid Response Kept April’s Ohio Botulism Outbreak in Check


April’s botulism outbreak in Ohio was the nation’s largest in 40 years, and one of the first patients to become ill died. But CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) is crediting early recognition and fast action with limiting the damage. The single fatality in the Ohio botulism outbreak blamed on a church potluck luncheon… Continue Reading

Pickles and Sauces Recalled in WA for Clostridium Botulinum Risk


Homemade of Leavenworth, WA, is recalling pickle and sauce products because they may have been improperly produced. Washington State Department of Agriculture routine sampling discovered that a bottle of Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles had a pH level high enough to allow the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Required records were not available to support that safe… Continue Reading

Salsa Recalled for Potential Botulism Risk

Jose Madrid salsa jar

Jose Madrid Salsa of Zanesville, OH, has recalled its mild salsa because the jars are not properly sealed and therefore present a health risk. Improperly sealed jars can lead to product spoilage or contamination by the bacteria that cause botulism. An unknown number of jar lids may have been convex instead of vacuum sealed, according to… Continue Reading

Home-Canned Potatoes Served at Potluck Probably Caused Botulism Outbreak


Ohio public health officials announced Monday that potato salad containing home-canned potatoes was the likely cause of a recent botulism outbreak following a potluck luncheon at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, OH. They said that their conclusion was based on lab tests and interviews with those who attended the potluck on… Continue Reading

Ohio Botulism Outbreak: 1 Dead, 23 Hospitalized After Potluck

Anti-toxin administered to patients at area hospitals


The death that occurred earlier this week in connection with a church potluck luncheon in Lancaster, OH, was of a 54-year-old woman, a Columbus newspaper has reported. The botulism anti-toxin was shipped overnight to local hospitals, but it wouldn’t have saved the woman who died because she was so critically ill, according to Dr. Andrew… Continue Reading