August 29, 2000Aegean Brand Sun Dried Tomatoes
NY (SafetyAlerts) - New York State
Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers has announced a recall of Aegean brand Sun
Dried Tomatoes (in oil) in 6.3 ounce jars with metal screw lids. The product could be
tainted with Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism.
The product is uncoded. Anyone possessing this
product is urged to discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
The product is being recalled by MyKonos
Import-Export, Inc., a food distributor in Hicksville, New York, who is contacting all its
customers to alert them to pull the product from shelves. According to the distributor,
the product was primarily distributed in Central New York. An investigation as to the
exact distribution of this product is continuing.
The recall follows a routine sampling in a
Syracuse, New York food store by food safety inspectors from the New York State Department
of Agriculture and Markets. Laboratory analysis found pH (acidity) and water activity
levels in the product, which could permit Clostridium botulinum to develop and produce a
toxin which can result in botulism if consumed. There have been no reported illnesses
associated with this product according to Department officials.
Symptoms of botulism, which can be fatal, include
blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and
respiratory distress. Symptoms usually appear between 12-36 hours after ingestion, but may
take several days. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers August 29,
Safety Alerts compiles
comprehensive safety recall information for the United States. SafeMail is a free email
service to warn consumers of faulty products and contaminated foods. For complete
information regarding current recalls, past recalls and timely product warning
notification visit: www.safetyalerts.com.