Below is the FDA announcement regarding the Cerignola olives recall due to possible contamination with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism.


Flora Foods Recalls “Cerignola” Olives

March 8, 2007 — Flora Foods of Pompano Beach, Florida, recalled 25oz jars of “Cerignola Olives” because of the risk of contamination with Clostridium botulinum. The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing found that the product had been underprocessed.

Consumers should not eat this product, even if it does not look or smell spoiled. The toxin produced by this bacteria is extremely dangerous and can cause paralysis and death.

If you have eaten this product, you should watch for symptoms, including 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 contact a doctor immediately. Time is of the essence, because early treatment with an antitoxin can help slow the progression of the toxin.

The recalled “Cerignola” olives were distributed in Florida, Georgia and upstate New York in retail stores. The product comes in a 25 oz. clear glass jar marked with LOT #G080 stamped on the label.

No illnesses were reported.

Distribution of the product was temporarily suspended when the FDA investigated the source of the problem.