Botulism cases lead to recall of pasteurized carrot juice


Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to drink carrot juice from Bolthouse Farms. The warning comes in response to a fourth case of botulism being linked to the brand, produced by Bolthouse Farms of Bakersfield, Calif.
Consumers should discard any 450 milliliter or 1 liter plastic bottles of the carrot juice with a "best if used by" date of Nov. 11 or earlier.
The FDA is also reiterating its advice to consumers to keep carrot juice - including pasteurized carrot juice - refrigerated.
The fourth case of botulism poisoning involves a woman in Florida who is currently suffering from paralysis. The name and location of the victim has not been released.
To date, one link between the illness and those who have become ill appears to be that the juice they drank was not properly refrigerated once it was in the home, which allowed the Clostridium botulinum spores to grow and produce toxin. The FDA is investigating other possible links.
Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium commonly found in soil. Under certain conditions these bacteria can produce a toxin that can result in botulism, a disease that may cause paralysis or death.
Cases of botulism from processed food are extremely rare in the United States.
Symptoms of botulism can include: double-vision, droopy eyelids, altered voice, trouble with speaking or swallowing, and paralysis on both sides of the body that progresses from the neck down, possibly followed by difficulty in breathing.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
Diane Chun can be reached at 374-5041 or chund@gvillesun.com

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