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Clostridium botulinum

The 5 Most Dangerous Foodborne Pathogens


It can be tricky business to say that one foodborne pathogen is more dangerous than another. Are the criteria the number of illnesses, number of deaths, or percentage of victims who die? Do the severity of an illness or chronic side effects factor into the ranking? The first three pathogens on this list are fairly obvious dangers and ones… 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

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

Uneviscerated Russian Dried Fish Sold in NYC Carries Botulism Risk

Dried fish label

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

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. Anyone who purchased jars of Roasted Garlic Sauce, Clam Sauce, Tomato Basil Sauce, Fra-Diavalo Sauce, and Marinara Sauce from… Continue Reading

Smoked Herring Recalled for Potential Botulism Risk


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

Uneviscerated Red Thread Fish Recalled Due to Botulism Risk

Red Thread Fish package

Arcadia Trading Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, is recalling all packages of Red Thread Fish because they are uneviscerated. The product comes in a 7-oz. heat-sealed plastic bag. The recalled Red Thread Fish product was distributed nationwide in supermarkets. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled…. Continue Reading