Friday, February 8, 2008

New Era Expands Recall Again

FDA has just alerted consumers to another expansion of the New Era Canning Company recall.

For those who missed the earlier notices, since December 21st, New Era has been recalling an ever-increasing number of production lots and brand names of its institutional-sized cans of peas and bean, due to a potential risk of Clostridium botulinum contamination.

Please see the FDA "Hot Topics" web page for up-to-date details on the recalled products.

Clostridium botulinum grows in the absence of oxygen, making it especially liable to develop in underprocessed canned foods. The microbe produces a potentially-deadly neurotoxin. Symptoms of Clostridium botulinum food poisoning, or "botulism" can include muscle weakness, vertigo, double vision, and difficult in speaking, swallowing and breathing. If untreated, botulism is a potentially fatal disease. Treatment consists usually of supportive care, including mechanical breathing assistance.

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