Urban River Spirits, LLC  is recalling Urban Spirits non-alcoholic drink mixes because the products were produced in an unlicensed and uninspected facility and are potentially under-processed. Under-processing may lead to Clostridium botulinum contamination. 

According to the letter to consumers from Urban River Spirits, LLC, unmet shelf stability testing requirements from the Oregon Department of Agriculture led to this recall.

About botulism
While a variety of illnesses can result from eating under-processed food, one of the most dangerous is botulism poisoning. Untreated, botulism can paralyze the muscles needed for breathing, resulting in sudden death.

Anyone who has eaten any recalled product and developed signs of botulism poisoning should immediately seek medical attention, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“In foodborne botulism, symptoms generally begin 18 to 36 hours after eating contaminated food. However, symptoms can begin as soon as 6 hours after or up to 10 days later,” according to the CDC website.

The symptoms of botulism may include some of all of the following: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, a thick-feeling tongue, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. People with botulism poisoning may not show all of these symptoms at once.

These symptoms result from muscle paralysis caused by the toxin. If untreated, the disease may progress, and symptoms may worsen to cause paralysis of specific muscles, including those used in breathing and those in the arms, legs, and the body from the neck to the pelvis area.

Recalled products:

  • The recalled products are packaged in 750 mL glass bottles. 
  • Photos of recalled products can be viewed here.

As of the posting of this recall, there have been no reports of illnesses related to these products. 

Customers who may have purchased this product on or before July 2, 2024, are urged to return the product for a full refund to Urban River Spirits, LLC, or destroy the product, and may contact the company at (503) 475-9765 with any questions or concerns.

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