A Watertown, MA distributor is now recalling Bio Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds imported from Italy because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. To date, at least two consumers have been hospitalized in connection with this recall. If you have purchased any olives included in this recall, you should discard them immediately or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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What’s the problem?
November 1, 2011 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Pure Italian, LLC, in conjunction with the manufacturer and packer, Bio Gaudiano, Italy, is recalling all sizes and lots of Bio Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.
The products in question were distributed to SoWa farmers markets in South End MA in 314 ml glass jars, and can be identified by a white label that reads Bio Gaudiano with a twist off metal lid that has an E0511X lot number and 05/2013 expiration date on it. Various other lots and jar sizes were distributed to Massachusetts retailers.
To date, at least two residents of Finland have been hospitalized and diagnosed with botulism food poisoning after eating olives from lot# H2510X with the expiration date 09/2012.
Botulism Food Poisoning
Botulism is a rare but extremely serious foodborne illness that typically affects children, the elderly, and those with otherwise compromised immune systems. Clostridium Botulinum bacteria live in food and produce toxins that can cause paralysis if ingested. Botulism food poisoning outbreaks are rare occurrences, but are considered so dangerous that each case is classified as a public health emergency. Up to 65% of patients infected with Clostridium Botulinum will die if not treated immediately and effectively with a botulism antitoxin. Signs and symptoms of botulism food poisoning may include:
- double vision
- dry skin, mouth and throat
- drooping eyelids
- difficulty swallowing
- slurred speech
- muscle weakness
- body aches
- lack of fever
Sadly, most individuals who contract botulism never fully regain their health. After three months to a year of recovery, persisting side effects will most likely continue indefinitely. Long-term side effects often include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, dry mouth, and difficulty performing physical tasks. Patients also commonly report feeling much more unhappy and psychologically uneasy than they did prior to contracting the illness.
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