Botulism Behind Two Food Recalls

A potential <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">botulism risk has prompted two firms to issue recalls of black bean sauces, corn salsas and con queso products. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), no actual cases of botulism have been linked to any of the recalled products.

Consumers are warned not to use these products even if they do not look or smell spoiled. Botulism is a serious and potentially fatal form of food poisoning that can cause life-threatening illness or death. Symptoms can include: General weakness, dizziness, double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech and trouble with speaking or swallowing, and dry mouth. Difficulty in breathing; weakness of other muscles—for instance, muscle weakness that starts at the shoulders and moves progressively down the body—abdominal distension, and constipation may also be common symptoms. Botulism poisoning can cause paralysis of breathing muscles, which can lead to death without treatment and respiratory ventilation in about eight percent of cases.

Barb’s Local Style Black Bean Sauce and Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce

Hawaii Business Group Incorporated, Barb’s Favorite Recipes, and Ohana Seafoods are recalling Barb’s Local Style Black Bean Sauce and Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce that was manufactured by First Commercial Kitchen LLC. The Black Bean Sauce is sold in 12oz. glass jars and labeled as Barb’s Local Style Black Bean Sauce or Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce. The UPC numbers on the product are 6-75981-42491-8 and 7-02003-72739-6. The recalled sauce was distributed on Oahu and Molokai.

Consumers may contact Hawaii Business Group, Incorporated at 808-676-0880 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for further information.

Mama Rose’s Gourmet Foods Con Queso and Corn Salsa Products

Mama Rose’s Gourmet Foods of Phoenix, AZ is voluntarily recalling Cilantro Con Queso, Garlic Con Queso, Viper Venom Con Queso and Hopi Corn Salsa.

The recalled products include:

• Mama Rose’s Cilantro Con Queso, UPC Code 7 90648 09020 3, All 6 digit Lots beginning with 260… & 270…

• Mama Rose’s Garlic Con Queso, UPC Code 7 90648 09010 4, All 6 digit Lots beginning with 260… & 270…

• Mama Rose’s Viper Venom Con Queso, UPC Code 7 90648 09000 5, All 6 digit Lots beginning with 260… & 270…

• Mama Rose’s Hopi Corn Salsa, UPC Code 7 906480 1070 6, All 6 digit Lots beginning with 260… & 270…

• Fred Harvey Hopi Corn Salsa, UPC Code 4 52030 16600 4, All 6 digit Lots beginning with 260… & 270…

The recall includes all Con Queso expiration dates of 01/10/12 and earlier and Salsa expiration dates of 01/06/13 and earlier located on a white sticker on the bottom of the jar are affected by this recall. The listed Con Queso and Corn Salsa products were distributed in AZ and WA through retail stores and gift shops.

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