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February 6, 2008: Olivier Dip May Be Contaminated With Clostridium Botulinum

Olivier Olive Oil Products, Inc of St. Helena, California, has issued a recall for Olivier brand Parmesan & Asiago Dip with Garlic & Basil, because the product may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinumClostridium botulinum and its toxin can cause the life-threatening illness known as botulism.

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The Michigan Department of Agriculture is urging consumers to check their pantries and cupboards for the recall product. Olivier brand products subject to the recall were distributed to William-Sonoma retail stores nationwide and to Olivier Napa Valley retail stores located in Truckee and St. Helena, California. Olivier Parmesan & Asiago Dip with Garlic & Basil labeled with the following lot codes are affected by the recall:

  • OPA 34171
  • OPA 23471
  • OAP 17271
  • OAP 17671
  • OAP 36061
  • OAP 36161
  • OPA 33961

The recalled dip is packaged in 11.76 ounce jars. Lot code numbers can be found on the side of the glass jar where there is no label.

According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture press release:

Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Symptoms of botulism include: 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 seek immediate medical attention. There have been no reported illnesses..........

Even tiny amounts of the Clostridium botulinum toxin can cause serious illness when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the eye or a break in the skin. Skin contact should be avoided as much as possible, and hands should be washed immediately after handling the food.

When disposing of these products, double-bag the product in plastic bags. Make sure the bags are tightly closed, then place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home. Retailers should ensure that such products are only placed in locked receptacles that are not accessible to the public.

To learn more about foodborne botulism see botulism symptoms.

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