According to US media reports, the Cincinnati Health Department has said that two suspected cases of human botulism in Ohio could be linked to jarred sauces recently recalled by a company in California.
The reports state that the two people affected are receiving hospital treatment and one remains on a ventilator in an acute long-term care facility. Preliminary tests by the Cincinnati Health Department have reportedly revealed the presence of Clostridium botulinum type B toxin in a meal of pasta and recalled Pine Nut Basil Pesto sauce.
VR Green Farms of San Clemente, California voluntarily recalled the implicated sauces on 30 July following the issuing by the California Department of Public Health of a warning to consumers not to eat the products because of a botulism risk. The recall included six sauce products sold under the VR farms brand in screw-topped jars and sold nationwide over the Internet. No coding or ‘use-by’ dates are present on the packaging.
The Health Departments in California and Cincinnati are now working with the FDA to investigate the possible link between the botulism cases and the recalled sauce. More details about the recall can be found on the FDA website here, while a report on the Ohio botulism cases is available here.