Carmel's Sea Harvest recalls sauce due to possible health risk

Source of Article:  http://thecalifornian.com/article/20090618/NEWS01/90618016/1002/Carmel+s+Sea+Harvest+recalls+sauce+due+to+possible+health+risk

 

June 18, 2009

Sea Harvest Fish Market and Restaurant in Carmel announced today it is voluntarily recalling cioppino sauce sold in jars over the counter at its Carmel store as a precaution due to potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition.

The voluntary recall covers all jars of cioppino sauce, regardless of size or date purchased.

Consumers should not consume these products, even if they appear to be normal, because of the possible serious health risk.

Consumers who have the affected products should destroy them or return them to the store for a refund.

No illnesses have been linked to jars of cioppino sauce sold at the store, and there have been no positive test results for the pathogen in product sampled.

Sea Harvest took this voluntary action in the interest of public health because the jars of cioppino sauce were not manufactured in accordance with processing controls that may be applicable.

There is no safety concern about cioppino sauce consumed at the restaurant; the only issue is the canning process.

Symptoms of botulism poisoning in humans include general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Consumers may call Sea Harvest at 831-626-3626 for further information.

The recall is being undertaken with the knowledge of the California Department of Public Health, 1-800-495-3232.

 

 

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