Flora Foods Recalls "Cerignola" Olives Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Pompano Beach, FL -- March 8, 2007
-- Flora Foods of Pompano Beach, Florida, is recalling its 25oz jars of "Cerignola
(UPC 0-20038-00693-5) because
they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium
which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned
not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
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.
The recalled "Cerignola" olives were distributed in Florida, Georgia
and upstate New York in retail stores.
The product comes in a 25 oz, clear glass jar marked with
on the label.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing found that
the product had been underprocessed.
Distribution of the product has been suspended as FDA and the company continue
their investigation as to the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased 25 oz jars of "Cerignola" olives
are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers
with questions may contact the company at 954-785-3100.