Island Soups Company, Inc., a corporation based out of Saint Albans, New York, initiated a recall of certain canned soups yesterday evening. The company recalled the soup due to potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, more commonly known as botulism.
Botulism can cause life-threatening illness or death, causing gradual paralysis and ultimately respiratory failure in those infected with the bacteria.
Island Soups Products Recalled Due to Botulism Risk
The following six Island Soups Company products are affected by the recall:
- Fish Soup
- Red Peas Soup
- Red Peas Soup (No Meat)
- Gungo Peas Soup
- Gungo Peas Soup (No Meat)
- Mannish Water
All recalled products come in 16 oz. glass jars with white lids and a safety seal made of white plastic with brown lettering. Affected products have “best before” dates from July 2015 through June 2018 and were distributed through internet website purchases.
According to the FDA, an inspection of the company’s establishment revealed that the company “does not have valid process schedules or process documentation to ensure that these soups products have been sufficiently processed to prevent the growth” of Clostridium botulium bacteria.
Botulism is one of the most serious types of food poisoning. The symptoms of botulism may include general weakness, dizziness, double-vision, and trouble with speaking or swallowing. In addition, those infected with botulism may find it difficult to breathe, experience weakness of other muscles, abdominal distention and constipation. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately seek medical attention.
The company asks consumers to destroy any and all recalled products that may be in their possession.