The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat certain 7th Heaven Gourmet spreads because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred and canned foods may lead to serious illness and death. No illnesses have been linked to any of the affected products at this time.
7th Heaven Gourmet of Hesperia, California is voluntarily recalling the following varieties of spreads: Pate Mediterraneo and Eggplant & Shitake Tapenade. These products were sold under the 7th Heaven Gourmet label and packaged in 8 ounce, glass jars with screw-on metal lids. These food products lack production or date codes. Photos of affected products may be obtained here.
7th Heaven Gourmet jarred spreads were available for purchase between September 2011 and July 2012, and sold at the following Farmer’s Markets:
Victorville Farmers Market (Victor Valley College) 18422 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, CA
Victoria Garden Farmers Market, 12505 North Mainstreet, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Palm Springs Village Fest, North Palm Canyon between Amato and Ramon, Palm Springs, CA
The Inland Certified Farmers Market, 5261 Arlington Ave., Riverside CA
Consumers in possession of the recalled products should discard them in the trash.
Botulism toxin is odorless and colorless; further heat treatment will not inactivate any toxin that is present.
Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The initial symptoms frequently experienced are double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry or sore throat. Progressive descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, may follow. Additional symptoms may include slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, inability of the neck muscles to support the head; paralysis of the extremities and respiratory muscles may occur. Infants with botulism appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, have a weak cry, and poor muscle tone. Consumers with any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider.