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Michigan Officials Warn Public About Products Made in Unlicensed Facility

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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

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Uneviscerated Russian Dried Fish Sold in NYC Carries Botulism Risk

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The New York Department of Agriculture today warned consumers not to eat “Dry Bream-lesh (fish)” sold by Tatuka Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, and distributed by Royal Sweet Bakery, also of Brooklyn, because the product was found to be uneviscerated. The “Dry Bream-lesh (fish)” was sold from retail stores to consumers in the NYC metro area. The product… Continue Reading

Smoked Herring Recalled for Potential Botulism Risk

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Moscahlades Bros Inc. of Paterson, NJ, is recalling Hellas Golden Double Smoked Herring because it has 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. Hellas Golden Double Smoked Herring was… Continue Reading

Botulism Warning Issued for Recalled Pumpkin Seed Pesto

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Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Seed Pesto was recalled by its manufacturer late Friday as the California Department of Public Health (CHPH) warned against eating it because of susceptibility to contamination from Clostridium botulinum, also known as botulism. Sutter-based California Olive and Vine LLC said in recalling the product that it was improperly processed. The pumpkin seed pesto… Continue Reading