February 8, 2002Mason County Fruit Packers Has Recalled
Ludington, MI (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Mason County Fruit
Packers has recalled
255 cases of canned
asparagus because it has 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
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 cans are marked with the code ASPC 126144-11 on the lid.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The asparagus is packaged in 15 ounce cans under the Wylwood Select, Fancy
Cut Green Spears label. Potential distribution was through Save-A-Lot stores
located in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.
The potentially under processed product was discovered when abnormal cans
were seen during routine labeling operations. Whereas no problem product is
known to have been shipped, the recall is being conducted in the interest of
Consumers who have purchased the Wylwood asparagus are urged to return it to
the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may
contact the company at 1-231-929-5937.