October 13, 2008: FDA Warns Of Frozen Croaker Botulism Risk

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker issued a consumer alert on October 6, warning consumers not to eat Frozen Salted Croaker distributed by YS Trading Corp., of Long Island City, NY, because it was uneviscerated and could be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores.  The bacterium Clostridium botulinum can cause the life-threatening illness known as botulism.

According the the FDA alert:

Uneviscerated fish is prohibited under New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of Botulism poisoning.

Because the fish is uneviscerated, the product may become contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness. Symptoms of Botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The “Frozen Salted Croaker” was sold in Hicksville and Flushing, New York, and New Jersey in un-coded, unlabeled plastic bags.  The FDA has advised consumers to not eat this product.

For more information about botulism, please visit our additional website www.foodpoisoning.com.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you believe that you are the victim of foodborne botulism, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation.  To learn more about our practice, please see Food Poisoning Lawyer.

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April 28, 2008: HC Fresh Frozen Salted Croaker Recalled

On April 1, 2008, Grand Supercenter, Inc. of Lyndhurst, New Jersey recalled HC Fresh Frozen Salted Croaker, because the product may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinumClostridium botulinum is a bacterium that can cause the life-threatening illness known as botulism.

The following product is subject to the recall:

HC Fresh, Frozen Salted Croaker,
Net. Wt.: 16.9 oz (480 gram),
Item # HC 0500402,
Expiration Date: Aug 02, 2009

HC Fresh Frozen Salted Croaker was distributed through H Mart stores including H Mart and Super H Mart in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas area.  Consumers should not use the product, even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism is a serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin, which blocks nerve function, leading to respiratory and musculoskeletal paralysis. An individual with botulism may experience double vision, blurred vision, dry mouth, inability to swallow, difficulty speaking or slurred speech, muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, and an inability to breathe.

Botulism can be fatal, and medical attention should be sought immediately.  For more information about botulism, please visit our additional website www.foodpoisoning.com.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you believe that you are the victim of foodborne botulism, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation.  To learn more about our practice, please see Food Poisoning Lawyer.

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February 6, 2008: Recall Issued for Olivier Brand Dip Due To Possible Clostridium Botulinum Contamination

Olivier Olive Oil Products, Inc of St. Helena, California, has issued a recall for Olivier brand Parmesan & Asiago Dip with Garlic & Basil, because the product may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinumClostridium botulinum and its toxin can cause the life-threatening illness known as botulism.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture is urging consumers to check their pantries and cupboards for the recall product. Olivier brand products subject to the recall were distributed to William-Sonoma retail stores nationwide and to Olivier Napa Valley retail stores located in Truckee and St. Helena, California. Olivier Parmesan & Asiago Dip with Garlic & Basil labeled with the following lot codes are affected by the recall:

  • OPA 34171
  • OPA 23471
  • OAP 17271
  • OAP 17671
  • OAP 36061
  • OAP 36161
  • OPA 33961

The recalled dip is packaged in 11.76 ounce jars. Lot code numbers can be found on the side of the glass jar where there is no label.

According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture press release:

Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Symptoms of botulism include: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention. There have been no reported illnesses……….

Even tiny amounts of the Clostridium botulinum toxin can cause serious illness when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the eye or a break in the skin. Skin contact should be avoided as much as possible, and hands should be washed immediately after handling the food.

When disposing of these products, double-bag the product in plastic bags. Make sure the bags are tightly closed, then place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home. Retailers should ensure that such products are only placed in locked receptacles that are not accessible to the public.

To learn more about foodborne botulism and botulism symptoms, please visit our additional site www.foodpoisoning.com.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. To contact us, please call our toll free number at 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation. To learn more about our law firm please see Food Poisoning Lawyer and Botulism Lawyer.

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January 5, 2008: Botulism Linked To Potter County Restaurant’s Home-Canned Soup

The Pennsylvania Health Department warned consumers that they should not consume, nor open canned products of any kind from the Schumacher’s Inn in Austin, Potter County, due to the risk of botulism poisoning.

To date, one woman who consumed canned chicken soup from the restaurant has been hospitalized.

Anyone in possession of canned products from the restaurant should immediately contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health, toll-free, at 877-PA-HEALTH.

Botulism is caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulism is a serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin, which blocks nerve function, leading to respiratory and musculoskeletal paralysis.

An individual with botulism may experience double vision, blurred vision, dry mouth, inability to swallow, difficulty speaking or slurred speech, muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, and an inability to breath. Botulism can be fatal, and medical attention should be sought immediately.

Botulism symptoms usually appear 12 to 36 hours after consuming Clostridium botulinum toxin; however, symptoms can occur as early as 6 hours or as late as 10 days following the consumption of contaminated food.

For more information about botulism, please visit the following pages on this website: Botulism and Botulism Symptoms.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you believe that you are the victim of foodborne botulism, please contact us at our toll free number 1-877-934-6274, or click Free Case Evaluation.  To learn more about our law firm, see Food Poisoning Lawyer.

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Add comment January 5th, 2008

December 26, 2007: Canned Green Beans Recalled Due To Risk Of Botulism

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), New Era Canning Company, located in New Era, Michigan, has issued a recall for GFS Fancy Blue Lake Cut Green Beans because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium capable of causing a life-threatening type of food poisoning known as botulism.

Subject to the recall are 171 cases (six cans per case) of 6 lbs. 5 oz. cans of GFS Fancy Blue Lake Cut Green Beans, 4 Sieve, lot code 19H7FL printed on the end of the can (GFS reorder #118737 and UPC 93901 11873). Consumers should not use the green beans even if the product does not look or smell spoiled.

The canned green beans were distributed to foodservice customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. In Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, the beans were sold through GFS (Gordon Food Services) Marketplace stores.

With regard to the potentially contaminated green beans, the FDA warns:

“Any food that may be contaminated should be disposed of carefully. Even tiny amounts of toxins ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the eye or a break in the skin can cause serious illness. Skin contact should be avoided as much as possible, and the hands should be washed immediately after handling the food. Customers should not be encouraged to return product to Gordon Food Service. Customers who have the product or any foods made with these products should throw them away immediately. Double bag the cans in plastic bags that are tightly closed then place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home. Restaurants and institutions are encouraged to assure that such products are only placed in locked receptacles which are not accessible to the public. Additional instructions for safe disposal can be found at www.cdc.gov/botulism/botulism_faq.htm. Anyone with questions can call FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.”

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this latest recall linked to botulism. For more information about botulism, please visit the following pages on this website: Botulism and Botulism Symptoms.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you believe that you are the victim of foodborne botulism, please contact us at our toll free number 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation. To learn more about our law firm please see Food Poisoning Lawyer.

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