Last week it was recalled smoked seafood that was recalled for possible Botulism, this week it is olives.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled Bio Gaudiano brand Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds, and is warning consumers not to eat them. All sizes and lots of Bio Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds are being recalled, as this product has been linked to a botulism outbreak in Europe.
While there are no illnesses reported in the United States, health authorities in Europe have reported two cases of botulism involving hospitalization. The consumption of the affected product, from Italian manufacturer Bio Gaudiano, has been linked to these illnesses.
Botulism is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, that can cause many different symptoms. Symptoms can include general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and/or constipation. Although cases are rare, botulism attacks the nervous system, and in its sever forms, can cause respiratory failure. Symptoms usually begin 18-36 hours after eating contaminated food, but they can occur as early as six hours or as late as 10 days. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
The FDA has asked that anyone finding the recalled Bio Gaudiano Brand Organic Olives dispose them in a sealed contained in the trash, so that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot consume the tainted olives.
According to information FDA has received from Pure Italian LLC, the U.S. distributor of this product, the product was initially distributed only to Massachusetts retailers. The 314 ml glass jars may have been sold at SoWa farmers market in South End, Mass. Additionally, the following stores in Massachusetts may have repackaged and resold the almond-stuffed olives in containers that do not carry the Bio Gaudiano name: Foodies Fresh Market, Boston, Mass.; Russo’s, Watertown, Mass.; and Fresh Choice Supermarket, Framingham, Mass.