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October 19, 2009: Baby Food Recalled by Plum Organics

Plum Organics, located in Emeryville, CA, which sells its products in Toys-R-Us and Babies-R-Us, has recalled their Apple & Carrot Portable Pouch baby food.  The recall was issued as a result of possible Clostridium botulinum contamination.

The recall information is as follows.

Apple & Carrot Portable Pouch baby food

Best by date May 21, 2010

Universal product code (UPC) #890180001221 is located on the bottom of the package

A photo of the product can be seen here.

Botulism is a foodborne contaminant that is typically associated with home canning.  Prior to canning, foods should always be handled in a sanitary manner.  Additionally, if the final product does not have the correct level of acidity, there is a greater risk for the contamination to occur.  According to the CDC, approximately 145 cases are reported.  Fifteen percent of that comes from foodborne C. botulism.

Symptoms of C. botulism may include dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech or difficulty speaking, muscle weakness, blurred vision, double vision, and drooping eyelids. Symptoms usually appear 12 to 36 hours after consuming C. botulinum toxin; however, symptoms can occur as early as 6 hours or as late as 10 days following the consumption of contaminated food.

C. Botulism can be fatal, and should be treated as a medical emergency. If left untreated, muscle paralysis may progress to the arms, legs, trunk, and respiratory muscles, possibly resulting in death. A patient with severe C. botulism poisoning may require use of a breathing machine and intensive medical care for several months. Patients may experience fatigue and shortness of breath for several years following their recovery from C. botulism poisoning.

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg currently represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks nationwide and we are ready to help you.  Some of these outbreaks have included Peanut Butter Corporation of America, Banquet Pot Pie, Veggie Booty, Arby’s, and Peter Pan .  If you have been injured as a result of food poisoining and you have a question concerning you legal rights, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274, or click Free Legal Case Evaluation.

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201 comments October 20th, 2009

October 17, 2009: TGF Production, LLC Recalls Uneviscerated Herring

Herring Salted, which was found to being uneviscerated, has been recalled due to the possibility of being contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

The FDA recall release stated that the herring was distributed nationwide in 1.3kg (2.86 lb) round plastic containers with the code numbers 24.08.09 and 13.07.09. The Herring Salted is a product of Russia.  An image of the product can be seen here.

According to the FDA, “the sale of this type of fish is prohibited under a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than in any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning.”

For further information regarding botulism, please see About Botulism and Symptoms of Botulism.

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg represents hundreds of food poisoning victims of food poisoning outbreaks nationwide.  We are ready to help you.  If you have questions regarding your legal rights, please click Free Case Evaluation, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.

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215 comments October 19th, 2009

June 17, 2009: Botulism Threat Prompts Mackerel Recall

According to a company press release dated June 10, 2009, the Bao Ding Seafood Company of New York, NY, has recalled its Boiled Horse Mackerel.  It was recently discovered that the recalled Mackerel product was not eviscerated prior to processing and therefore has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium capable of causing the life-threatening illness known as botulism. 

Someone who has eaten product contaminated with the botulinum toxin may experience some of the following symptoms:  general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble speaking or swallowing.  Further symptoms that are also common include trouble breathing, weakness in other muscles, abdominal distension, and constipation.  Please see Botulism Symptoms for more information. 

The Boiled Horse Mackerel that has been recalled is packaged in vacuum packed plastic bags with a net weight of 450g, and was sold in New York State.

The Mackerel may not appear spoiled or give off any odors, and consumers are warned not to eat it even if it seems normal.  The press release cautions that individuals should seek immediate medical attention if they are experiencing any of the above symptoms.

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg represents hundreds of food poisoning victims of food poisoning outbreaks nationwide.  We are ready to help you.  If you have questions regarding your legal rights, please click Free Case Evaluation, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.

To learn about current food and drug recalls, please see Food Poisoning Attorney and Drug Recall Lawyer.

373 comments June 17th, 2009

May 5, 2009: Botulinum Toxin Products To Carry Black Box Warning

Serious Adverse Events Are Linked To Botulinum Toxin Products:

The FDA will require labeling for the botulinum toxin products BOTOX®, Myobloc®, Dysport® to include a “Black Box Warning,” alerting doctors and patients of the serious and life-threatening side effects that these products can trigger.  A Black Box Warning is the strongest warning that the FDA can require a prescription drug to include in its labeling. 

Botulinum Toxin Products Labeling Change:

BOTOX®, Myobloc®, and Dysport® all contain the same toxin that causes botulism.  The FDA has mandated the Black Box Warning following reports that the effects of the botulinum toxin may spread from the injection site to other areas of the body, causing symptoms similar to those of botulism, including unexpected loss of strength or muscle weakness, hoarseness or trouble talking, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids.

In its News Release, the FDA stated that these side effects have been reported most frequently in children with cerebral palsy and being treated with the products for muscle spasticity, an unapproved use of the drugs. Side effects have also been reported in adults treated both for approved and unapproved uses.

The updated labeling changes will also include safety information alerting doctors that BOTOX®, Myobloc®, and Dysport® are not interchangeable.  The lack of interchangeability presents the potential for serious safety risks such as overdosing of patients.

What You Can Do To Protect Your Legal Rights:

Since 1984, the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg has represented hundreds of individuals injured by dangerous and defective drug products.  The firm has played a leading role in the litigation of high-profile drug lawsuits including Vioxx, Baycol, and blood products.  We are ready to help you.  If you believe that you or a family member was injured as a result of BOTOX®, Myobloc®, Dysport® therapy please submit a Free Case Evaluation Form, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.

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243 comments May 5th, 2009

February 3, 2009: Stonewall Kitchen Recalls Products

On January 23, 2009, Stonewall Kitchen of York, Maine, recalled seven dessert sauces because the products have the potential to be contaminated with the life-threatening foodborne pathogen, Clostridium botulinum. Stonewall Kitchen warns consumers not to consume the recalled sauces, even if they do not look or smell spoiled.

Products subject to the recall:

According to a company press release, the products were distributed nationwide to consumers through the nine Stonewall Kitchen Company Stores, Stonewall Kitchen’s direct-to-consumer division (catalog/internet) and through their wholesale division. Products could have been purchased individually or within a gift basket. This recall affects all product codes and expiration dates for:

Stonewall Kitchen Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce (SKU 161312) – round glass jar, 12 oz.

Stonewall Kitchen Chocolate Peanut Butter (SKU 161211) – round glass jar, 12 oz.

Stonewall Kitchen Coffee Caramel Sauce (SKU 161204) – round glass jar, 13 oz.

Stonewall Kitchen Dulce de Leche Sauce (SKU 161214) – round glass jar, 12.5 oz.

Barefoot Contessa Espresso Dulce de Leche (SKU 542313) – round glass jar, 10.5 oz.

The following list of products was distributed nationwide to consumers through A-Hold Corporation (Stop & Shop and Giant stores). This recall affects all product codes and expiration dates for:

Simply Enjoy Coffee Caramel Sauce – square glass jar, 13 oz.

Simply Enjoy Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce – square glass jar, 12 oz.

Clostridium botulinum toxin can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition. The toxin cannot be removed by cooking or freezing.  To learn more please click Symptoms and Complications of Botulism.

The above information has been posted as a courtesy by Food Poisoning Lawyer, Eric H. Weinberg. Please read carefully, and keep yourself and your loved ones safe!

For information concerning recent food poisoning outbreaks and food poisoning litigation, please see Peanut Butter Lawsuit, Listeria Lawyer, and Salmonella Lawyer.

249 comments February 3rd, 2009

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