Food Safety News: Foodborne botulism risk prompts product safety recall

Food Safety News: Foodborne botulism risk prompts product safety recall


05/17/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Millersburg, OH—Amish Wedding Foods, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), voluntarily recalled pumpkin butter and sweet potato butter. The FDA announced the recall on Thursday, May 13, 2010 with regard to a potential health hazard the products may pose to consumers.

According to the FDA, “It has been determined that these products have a pH and a water activity level that is too high and could be a possible health hazard. With these high levels, it is possible for Clostridium botulism sickness. Use of these products may cause the following symptoms: Onset of symptoms in foodborne botulism is usually 18 to 36 hours after ingestion of the food containing the toxin, although cases have varied from 4 hours to 8 days. Early signs of intoxication consist of marked lassitude, weakness and vertigo, usually followed by double vision and progressive difficulty in speaking and swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distention, and constipation may also be common symptoms.”

Products affected by the food safety recall included 9 oz. units of Pumpkin Butter (UPC code: 0 49646 50014 7), 16 and 18 oz. units of pumpkin butter (UPC code: 0 49646 65549 6), as well as 16 and 18 oz. units of Sweet Potato Butter (UPC code: 0 49646 65550 2). Amish Wedding Foods, Inc. has not received any reports of illnesses in connection with the recalled products as of yet.

The products were sold under an immense variety of brand names, which include the following:

Amish Wedding Foods, Finney’s Bulk Foods, Our Maker’s Acres, Uncle Charlies Products, Grandpa’s Cheese Barn, Laird Ranch, Lonesome Dove Guest & Buffalo Ranch, Slovacek Sausage Co., Snacks & More, Brumfield Farm Market, Goldie’s Front Porch Inc., Horrocks Farm Market, Moose Mercantile, Nostalgic Mercantile, Planktown Country Market, Swiss Meat & Sausage Company, Apple Barn, Apple Castle, Brights Nursery, Cagle Steaks, Country Creations, Damascus General Store, Do it Best Copr., Dutch Pantry, Granny’s Oven Fresh, Hattie’s Cafe & Gifts, Millburn Orchards, MMKM Family Produce Market, Sauders Store Inc., The Restoration Society Inc., Weaver’s Country Market, Wilson’s Farm Market, Yoder’s Craft & Gifts, Abbott Farms, Amish Cheese House, Amishables, Ashe Cheese NC, Boggio’s Little Mtn. Orchard, Farmers Peach Corner, Fisher’s Country Store PA, Graves Farm & Garden, Great Sports Products, Gruene General Store, Gruene Haus, Holden Brothers Produce, House of Carter, Kerr Farm Market, Klemke’s Sausage Haus, Nature Way Country Store, Riley’s Gifts and More, Rocky Mountain Pantry, Shaffer’s Market, STUBBYS INC., The Farm Store, The Round Barn.

They were sold throughout the United States, with the exclusion of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho and Utah.

Consumers have been urged to return the hazardous products to the place of purchase or discard of them. For more information regarding the product safety recall, consumers may contact Luke Stutzman at (330) 674-9199 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Product Liability Lawyers.

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