Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat canned CIOPPINO SAUCE
from the Sea Harvest Fish Market & Restaurants, located at 100 A Crossroads Blvd., in Carmel, California, 93923. Consumers in possession of the canned CIOPPINO SAUCE should not consume the product. The restaurant is cooperating with CDPH and is voluntarily recalling the product because of possible contamination with Clostridium botulinum toxin, commonly known as botulism toxin.
Sea Harvest does not possess the necessary cannery license to produce this product, and did not produce it in accordance with the requirements for low acid canned foods, which are designed to prevent botulism toxin production. There have not been any reported illnesses associated with this product.
The CIOPPINO SAUCE was packaged and sold in Ball wide-mouth canning jars to customers upon request. The CIOPPINO SAUCE jars have a white computer printer label that identifies the name of the product, lists the ingredients, and states “PRODUCT OF SEA HARVEST” and “REFRIGERATE AFTER OPENING.”
Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Symptoms of botulism include, general muscle weakness, blurred or double-vision, and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Illness may progress breathing difficulty and paralysis of the extremities. People experiencing these symptoms related to this product should seek immediate medical attention. Consumers who have this CIOPPINO SAUCE are advised to dispose of it as heating will not inactivate the toxin. Consumers may contact the restaurant at 831-626-3626 with any additional questions.