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Olive Recall Linked To Dangerous Bacteria

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After distribution to Florida, Georgia, and New York, a large olive recall has been initiated after determining they may be linked to a possible fatal contamination of clostridium botulinum. The recall includes 25-ounce jars of “Cerignola Olives” manufactured by the Florida based food processor Flora Foods. The contaminated jars of olives, shown as “LOT .G080″ on jars label, were discovered after routine testing on the product. Although no serious injuries have been reported, the manufacturer is warning the public not to eat them as they could cause food poisoning resulting in serious health risks and even death. At this time, a specific number of affected jars has not been disclosed.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: 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.

Company officials urged consumers to return affected jars to the place of purchase for a full refund. The company warned consumers in a statement not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Consumers with questions can contact the company at 954-785-3100.