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Pumpkin butter recalled in Ontario

Written by: QMI Agency
Nov. 20, 2012

Pumpkin butter.


LONDON, Ont. - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning pumpkin butter from Oxford County’s Birtch Farms and Estate Winery may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that can produce toxins that cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The product was sold in 110 millilitre and 250 millilitre jars. It was distributed in Ontario.

Birtch Farms and Estate Winery, located north of Woodstock, Ont., is voluntarily recalling the pumpkin butter.

There have been no reported illnesses.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption food contaminated with the toxin may cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, headache, double vision, dry throat, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

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Symptoms usually start within 12 to 36 hours after eating or drinking food containing the bacteria and can last from two hours to 14 days. Recovery can take several weeks to months.

 

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