Six Island Soups Company soups have been recalled over the potential of contamination with Clostridium botulinum.
Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium that may lead to life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use any product that may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, regardless of the appearance or smell of the product. Botulism poisoning is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning that may cause general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, muscle weakness, abdominal distension, and constipation may also occur. People experiencing these problems after having consumed the recalled Island Soups products should seek immediate medical attention.The recall involves six varieties of soup. All of the soup are sold in glass 16-ounce jars with white lids and bear best-by dates from July 2015 through June 2018. The specific varieties are:
- Gungo Peas Soup
- Gungo Peas Soup no meat
- Red Peas Soup
- Red Peas Soup no meat
- Mannish Water
- Fish Soup
The recall was prompted after federal inspectors discovered that Island Soups, with is based in St. Albans, New York, has no records to prove the recalled soups were sufficiently processed to prevent the growth of Clostridium botulinum. The recalled Island Soups were sold on the internet, according to the recall notice. To date, no illnesses have been reported, according to FoodSafetyNews.com.
“FDA inspection of the establishment reveals that the firm does not have valid process schedules or process documentation to ensure that these soup products have been sufficiently processed to prevent the growth of Clostridium botulinum,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wrote.
Meanwhile, an undated statement on the Island Soups website indicates that its soup is not available in retail stores; however, the internet site lists 31—all located in New York and New Jersey—stores on its “retail partners” page, according to FoodSafetyNews.com.
“Currently the soups are under review by the Food and Drug Administration and cannot be shelved in Supermarkets until the review is complete,” Island Soups website indicates. “We do not use preservative in our soups. Our soups are kept fresh through our heating and cooling processes.”
The FDA notes that, “Consumers should segregate and destroy any of the identified products.”