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Tullia’s Pasta Sauce Recalled Due to Botulism Risk

tuliasAccording to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Tullia’s Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce has been recalled. This particular brand of sauce was reviewed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture and found at least one batch of the product with a level of pH so high that there was risk of Clostridium botulinum bacteria growth.

The danger is that this particular bacterium has the ability to produce a toxin known to cause serious and in some cases, fatal foodborne illness. Although no illnesses have been reported as of yet, the risk of botulism was too great for Tullia’s to take a chance.

The pasta sauce in question has the code 530140 in blue ink and comes packaged as both 16 and 32 ounces in clear glass bottles with white caps. Tullia’s sells several additional pasta sauce products but the one with this code is the only one involved with the recall.

Tullia’s Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce was only sold in certain areas of Spokane Washington to include Yoke’s, Rosauer’s, and Egger’s, otherwise referred to as West Rosewood. The specific stores where the recalled product was sold are Main Market, Albertson’s at Wandermere Mall, and the Trading Company Stores throughout Spokane.

If someone finds they have purchased Tullia’s Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce, they are advised not to eat it and if has been consumed, to discard it immediately and watch for signs of illness. Customers can also return the product to the location it was purchased if preferred for a full refund.

Symptoms of Botulism

While botulism is rare, it is very dangerous. This bacterium grows on food, followed by producing toxins that when ingested can cause paralysis. The most common form of botulism is “infant botulism” but it can affect adults too. This foodborne illness stops neurotransmitters in the brain from functioning normally, especially motor control. Typically, symptoms appear within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food and include the following:

• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Fatigue
• Dizziness
• Double Vision
• Dry skin, throat, and mouth
• Droopy eyelids
• Trouble swallowing
• Slurred Speech
• Muscle Weakness
• Body Aches
• Paralysis
• No fever

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