Del Monte Foods recalled 64,242 cases of a particular canned corn in 19459006, fearing that "life-threatening diseases" could occur when eaten.
(432 grams) Fiesta Corn cans spiced with red and green peppers, according to an announcement issued by the FDA on December 11th. The affected products have the UPC number 24000 02770 on the label as well as a series of "best used by" dated August 14, 2021 through September 23, 2021. (For a complete list of specific "best-used" data click here .) There are no other Del Monte products involved in the recall.
The reason for the recall of these specific products is that they were under-processed according to the FDA warning. "These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could lead to contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens that could lead to life-threatening illnesses when consumed," says the FDA. The potentially contaminated cans were distributed to stores (including Walmart and Target) in 25 states and 1
The FDA has not specifically stated what illness it is concerned about, but experts suspect it is botulism.
Botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by a toxin that attacks the nerves of the body, according to the CDC . Botulism-causing toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum or sometimes by strains of Clostridium butyricum Clostridium baratii ]
These bacteria, which produce botulinum toxin, are present in many Finding places in nature like in the ground, but they rarely make people sick, says the CDC. The bacteria form spores that help them survive. and under certain conditions, the spores can grow and form one of the most famous deadly toxins, explains the CDC. These conditions include low oxygen or anaerobic (anaerobic) environments, low acidity, low sugar, low salt, a certain temperature range, and a certain amount of water.
If Canned Foods Are Not Preserved Correctly, It Can Lead to Genesis The ideal conditions under which these spores can grow and produce botulinum toxin, which can really make you sick if you eat these foods, says the infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja Senior Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, opposite SELF. "To stabilize canning, there must be some steps," says food safety expert, Darin Detwiler, director of the Food and Nutrition Regulatory Affairs Program at Northeastern University. "If there are no killing steps, the product is not storage stable and botulism can grow and multiply."
Botulism is an incredibly serious disease, but remember that it is very rare.
The disease is not common in the US, but there are usually a few hundred cases every year. For example, in 2016, 205 confirmed cases of botulism were reported to CDC .
Botulism can cause symptoms such as double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, blurred speech, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, felt tongue, dry mouth and muscle weakness, says the CDC . The toxin itself causes muscle paralysis behind the symptoms. If left untreated, it can paralyze various muscles in your body, including those you need to breathe. Adalia.
There are several forms of botulism, including wound botulism (where the spores enter a body), wound and waxing), botulism in infants (in the case of babies), intestinal toxemia in adults (a rare form in which the spores of the Bacteria enter an adult's intestine, grow and produce the toxin) and iatrogenic botulism (which occurs with too much botulinum toxin is injected for cosmetic reasons, eg to combat wrinkles). However, according to the CDC, the use of food is usually the most common form in adults.
When you develop food botulism, you usually notice symptoms about 18 to 36 hours after eating contaminated food, according to the CDC. This means you can have symptoms six hours after eating or up to 10 days later.
If you notice symptoms of botulism in yourself or a loved one, contact the emergency room as soon as possible. A treatment called antitoxin may help to prevent the toxin from causing further damage, but it can not reverse the damage it has already done, says dr. Adalia. Therefore, fast and timely treatment is crucial. The paralysis that causes the toxin usually gets better slowly, but people may need to stay in hospital for weeks or even months after diagnosis, the CDC says .
do to protect yourself from botulism caused by eating.
If you have this canned corn at home, you should return it to the store where you bought it, or discard it according to the FDA. There is no way to tell if a food is contaminated with botulism, as it probably does not look or taste different. However, with regard to canned food, you should stay away from canned foods that seem bulky, says Detwiler, noting that the rings at the top or bottom of the can should not be pushed out. "That's a sign of botulism right there," he says. (As the bacteria multiply, gas is created to create this bulge, Dr. Adalja adds.)
The same is true if you open a can and smell it, or it is unpleasant. "If it does not look or smell right, something is wrong," says Detwiler. If you buy a food in the store that you want to refrigerate after opening it, make sure you follow this instruction. Benjamin Chapman, assistant professor and food safety expert at North Carolina State University SELF. This means that carrot juice, cheese sauce, chicken broth, etc. must be refrigerated – not in your pantry – after you have opened them. "Cooling stops the growth of the toxin," says Chapman.
But overall, you do not have to give up canned food or worry about botulism, as this is unusual. Chapman says canned products are considered safe for consumption as long as you follow the storage instructions – and know the possible warning signs for a contaminated product.