Metro Detroit farmers market shoppers warned products that could cause botulism
Patrons of Metro Detroit farmers markets are being warned of products that are at risk of causing botulism.
The products were sold under the names “Brandy’s ‘Jam’boree-N-More,” “Brandy & Dutch Weigand” and “Pier III,” and include relishes, syrups and jams, as well as other food items. These products were produced in an unlicensed facility not using required controls for safe production, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development warns.
All products sold under these names should be disposed of immediately
There have been no illnesses currently linked to these products, which were sold at various farmers markets and festivals, including the St. Clair Shores, Dodge Park, Sterling Heights, Shelby Township and New Baltimore farmers markets.
Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing, MDARD warns. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. The very young, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
Acidified foods like pickled products pose a serious risk of botulism if pH and other critical factors are not carefully controlled during processing to prevent the growth of C. botulinum.
MDARD urges anyone with these products to double bag them in plastic bags that are tightly closed then place them in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home. Consumers with health concerns from consumption of the product should contact their health care provider.
For more detailed information, visit MDARD’s recall website.