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Published On: Wed, Feb 5th, 2014

‘Bacon by brad smoliak’ recalled due to botulism risk

Kitchen by Brad Smoliak is recalling Bacon spread that was sold and distributed in Alberta due because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum, the causative agent of the foodborne disease, botulism, according to a  Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) notice yesterday.

Bacon by brad smoliak Image/CFIA

Bacon by brad smoliak
Image/CFIA

The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) test results on the product.

The affected product, which goes by the common name “Bacon by brad smoliak”, comes in 125 gram jars and have best before dates of May 14 and July 14, 2014.

Health officials advise the public to check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food borne botulism is a severe intoxication caused by eating the preformed toxin present in contaminated food.

Food borne botulism occurs when the bacterium Clostridium botulinum is allowed to grow and produce toxin in food that is later eaten without sufficient heating or cooking to inactivate the toxin. Botulinum toxin is one of the most potent neurotoxins known.

Growth of this anaerobic bacteria and the formation of the toxin tend to happen in products with low acidity and oxygen content and low salt and sugar content. Inadequately processed, home-canned foods like asparagus, green beans, beets, and corn have commonly been implicated.

However, there have been outbreaks of botulism from more unusual sources such as chopped garlic in oil, chili peppers, improperly handled baked potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil and home-canned or fermented fish. Garden foods like tomatoes, which used to be considered too acidic for the growth of Clostridium botulinum, is now considered a potentially hazardous food in home canning.

Though more common in home-canned foods, it does happen occasionally in commercially prepared foods.

Typically in a few hours to several days after you eat the contaminated food you will start to show the classic symptoms; blurred vision, dry mouth, and difficulty in swallowing. Gastrointestinal symptoms may or may not occur. If untreated, the paralysis always descends through the body starting at the shoulders and working its way down.

The most serious complication of botulism is respiratory failure where it is fatal in up to 10% of people. It may take months before recovery is complete.

If the disease is caught early enough it can be treated with antitoxin. If paralysis and respiratory failure happen, the person may be on a ventilator for several weeks.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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