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Old 04-16-2007, 01:03 PM   #1
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Olive Recall

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An Italian company has recalled eight brands of olives sold in the U.S. because they may cause botulism, a deadly form of food poisoning, regulators said.

The recall covers cans, glass jars and pouches of Cerignola, Nocerella and Castelvetrano olives with codes that start with the letter ``G'' followed by three or four numbers, the FDA said. The products are sold under the brands Borrelli, Bonta di Puglia, Cento, Corrado's, Dal Raccolto, Flora, Roland and Vantia, the regulatory agency said.

Routine tests showed that the acidity of the olives was too low to stop the growth of bacteria, raising the risk that they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday.

No illnesses have been reported, and the company, Charlie Brown di Rutigliano of Bari, Italy, has made changes to its products, the FDA said.

Botulism is a rare muscle-weakening illness that can be caused by contaminated food or germs that grow in wounds and babies' intestines. Foodborne infections account for about a quarter of the 110 U.S. cases of botulism reported each year, and most of the remaining cases occur in infants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 8 percent of people who get the infection die of respiratory failure.

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Old 04-16-2007, 01:44 PM   #2
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Thank you very much for the link to the article - at this time there seems to be so many recalls..

Most of the time they find it out before it has gotten out of hand but with all the recalls on the pet food and treats many animals died.
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:45 PM   #3
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Thanks TATTRAT for the heads up!
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Old 04-19-2007, 07:23 PM   #4
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thanks, tat.
people ingest bites of botulism food, spit that out, & pass away. learned that during class.
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How does this effect olive oil if at all ?
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:28 PM   #6
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Shouldn't have any problem with olive oil. It was a problem with preserving the olives.
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