A San Clemente, CA., establishment is now recalling six ounce packages of FunFresh Foods World Berries Organic ‘Cacao Nibs’ because they have the potential to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The product in question was distributed to health and natural food retail stores nationwide. Signs and symptoms of E. coli food poisoning may include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (which may be watery or bloody), nausea and vomiting.
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What’s the problem?
May 5, 2012 - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release today informing the public that FunFresh Foods, Inc. is currently recalling the following products because they may be tainted with E. coli 0157:H7:
- 6 ounce packages of FunFresh Foods™ World Berries™ Organic “Cacao Nibs” - UPC 632474929022 - Lot Code 161104 - use-by date 04/14
The company believes that approximately 500 packages of the affected product from this lot were distributed between April 12 and April 17, 2012. To date, 263 of these packages have been pulled off retail shelves. Funfresh Foods World Berries Organic Cacao Nibs affected by this recall were distributed to health and natural food retail stores in the following states: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, OH, OK, OR, SC, SC, TN, TX, WA, WI, and WV.
The problem was identified by FunFresh Food’s own audit testing which detected the presence of E. coli. The company has halted the production and distribution of its cacao nibs while the FDA investigates to determine the source of the contamination.
Consumers who may have purchased products affected by this recall are urged to discard them immediately or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall. Anyone concerned about an E. coli food poisoning illness should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Are antibiotics effective at treating E. coli food poisoning?
Contrary to popular belief, antibiotics have not proven useful for the treatment of E. coli food poisoning. In fact, mounting research and numerous case studies have found that antibiotics may actually increase the risk of developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This may be because the antibiotic damages the bacteria, causing them to release even greater amounts of the toxin. Many in the medical community say that antibiotics should only be used in septic patients where the bacteria has spread to parts of the body other than the intestines. Additionally, the use of anti-diarrheal drugs like atropine and diphenoxylate (Lomotil) may also increase the symptoms of E. coli food poisoning and trigger serious complications.
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Free FunFresh Foods World Berries Organic Cacao Nibs Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning after eating FunFresh Foods World Berries Organic Cacao Nibs included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an E. coli food poisoning suit and we can help.