It’s that time of year again, when we dust off our plastic pumpkins, and put them in the yard for the trick-or-treaters to see. A lot of us will be carving jack-o-lanterns for Halloween and baking pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving in the coming weeks. You’ll also find pumpkin-themed food items for sale, like pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin seed pesto. However, like any other kind of product manufactured for sale, some pumpkin-based products could be dangerous.
Recently, a food manufacturer in California issued a voluntary recall of its Pumpkin Seed Pesto product. California Olive and Vine, LLC, has reported irregular lab results relating to some of its jars of Pumpkin Seed Pesto. Problems during the jarring process may have led to the pesto being contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.
Clostridium Botulinum Is a Deadly Foodborne Bacteria
Clostridium botulinum is a bacteria that grows on food and produces toxins that, when ingested, can lead to a serious and deadly illness. Individuals who contract Botulism may experience dizziness, weakness, double vision and they may have a hard time speaking and swallowing. In some cases, abdominal distention, difficulty breathing and constipation will result. Any consumer who is experiencing these kinds of symptoms should seek attention from a medical provider immediately.
Fortunately, no reports of sickness have surfaced in connection with this Pumpkin Seed Pesto product. However, jars of the pesto were distributed across the United States, beginning in September 2014, so affected jars could still be in circulation among the public. The affected 8 ounce glass jars are labeled under the Williams-Sonoma brand with these SKU numbers: 6404305 and 6389043. Consumers are advised not to eat this product, even if the food inside the jars looks and smells okay.
Consumers Can Return Affected Pesto Jars for a Refund
After identifying the potentially contaminated product, California Olive and Vine notified the retailers who sell the product and segregated its inventory immediately. Any consumer who has bought the product can return it to the store where it was purchased for a complete refund. Also, any person who suspects that he or she has developed illness or injury from this product -- or from any other manufactured food product -- may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney to evaluate the possibility of pursuing a legal claim for damages.
Stay safe this Halloween season by staying up to date with any recalled pumpkin-based food products. Also, don’t forget to check your children’s trick-or-treat candy before allowing them to eat it.
Click here to see a picture of the recalled pumpkin seed pesto,
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