South Island Brand Pesto Recalled Due to Potential Presence of Clostredium Botulinum

November 21, 2023 Canada

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South Island brand Pesto is being recalled from the marketplace in British Columbia due to the potential presence of Clostridium botulinum, a dangerous bacteria that can lead to severe health risks. Consumers are advised not to consume, use, sell, serve, or distribute the recalled products.

Recalled Product Details:

  • Product: Pesto
  • Issue: Food – Microbial Contamination – Clostridium botulinum
  • Distribution: The affected product has been distributed in British Columbia.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled Pesto are strongly urged to take the following actions:

  1. Do not consume the product.
  2. Do not serve, use, sell, or distribute the recalled Pesto.
  3. Check your refrigerator and pantry for the recalled product.
  4. If you believe you became sick from consuming the recalled product, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
  5. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

Symptoms of Clostridium botulinum Contamination: Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not exhibit any signs of spoilage, but can still cause severe illness. Symptoms in adults can include:

  • Facial paralysis or loss of facial expression
  • Unreactive or fixed pupils
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Difficulty speaking, including slurred speech
  • Change in sound of voice, including hoarseness

Symptoms in Children: In children, symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Slurred speech
  • Generalized weakness and paralysis

It is important to note that botulism does not typically cause a fever. In severe cases, botulism can be life-threatening.


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