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Pure Italian, LLC Recalls Bio Gaudiano Brand Stuffed Olives With Almonds Because Of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 1, 2011 - Pure Italian, LLC, Watertown, MA, the US Distributor, in conjunction with the manufacturer and packer, Bio Gaudiano, Italy, is recalling Bio Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds all sizes (glass jars and cans) and all lots because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Two adults hospitalized in Finland were diagnosed with botulism after consuming almond stuffed olives produced by Bio Gaudiano lot# H2510X expiration 09/2012.
Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
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.
Pure Italian, LLC distributed product at SoWa farmers market in South End MA in 314 ml glass jars. Almond stuffed olives in 314 ml glass jar have a white label that reads Bio Gaudiano with a green twist off metal lid that has an E0511X lot number and 05/2013 expiration date on it. Distribution of other sizes and lots were made to Massachusetts retailers.
Bio Gaudiano, Italy decided to activate the recall procedures as a preventive and precautionary measure in the interests of consumers.
All consumers who might have purchased Bio Gaudiano Stuffed Olives with Almonds of any size or lot should not consume the product and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or discard it. Please contact Pure Italian LLC at 617-372-1659 or 617-331-2062 for more information M-F 9am-5pm.
Recalled Product Photos Are Also Available on FDA's Flickr Photostream.