California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Ron Chapman warned consumers today not to eat Healdsburg Pickling Company jarred food products because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium Botulinum. Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred and canned foods may lead to serious illness and death.
Healdsburg Pickling Company of Healdsburg, California is voluntarily recalling the following varieties of jarred food products: Pickles, Pickled Green Beans, and Pickled Carrots. These food products were sold under the Healdsburg Pickling Company label and packaged in quart and pint glass jars with screw-on metal lids. The product labels do not include any coding or “use by” dates. Photographs of the affected packages can be found on CDPH’s Healdsburg Pickling Company Recalled Product Photos page.
The recalled food products were only sold at:
• The Cheese Shop, 423 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448
• Perry’s Deli, 12301 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness Park, CA 94937
Consumers in possession of the recalled products should discard them in the trash. Botulism toxin is odorless and colorless. Cooking the products will not inactivate any toxin that is present.
Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The initial symptoms frequently experienced are double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry or sore throat. Progressive descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, may follow. Additional symptoms may include slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, inability of the neck muscles to support the head, paralysis of the extremities and respiratory muscles may occur. Infants with botulism appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, have a weak cry, and poor muscle tone.
CDPH recommends consumers experiencing any ill effects after consuming these products should consult their health care provider. Consumers that observe the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.