CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat “Pickle Me Everything” Brand Vegetables Due to Risk of Illness
January 6, 2023
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat any varieties of pickled vegetables manufactured by Pickle Me Everything from Santa Clarita, California. These products may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. Consuming botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred foods may lead to serious illness and death. Consumers in possession of pickled vegetables from Pickle Me Everything should discard the products immediately. At this time, CDPH is not aware of any illness directly related to these products.
Pickle Me Everything has ceased manufacturing and has voluntarily recalled all varieties of its pickled vegetables sold directly to the public. These products were distributed to customers across the country, and primarily advertised via social media. The recalled products include multiple sizes of glass jars and some products packaged in sealed plastic bags. The recalled pickled vegetables include a label with the name, "Pickle Me Everything," but they may not include an ingredient list, lot codes or best-buy dates. Photographs and additional details are available on the CDPH Food Recall page.
Botulism toxin is odorless and colorless, so consumers won't be able to determine if a product is affected. Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should discard them immediately by double bagging the jar into tightly closed plastic bags, and then placing it in a trash bin for non-recyclable trash. Wear rubber or latex gloves when handling these products and then wash your hands with soap and running water to avoid illness.
Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Initial symptoms frequently include 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, and paralysis of the extremities and respiratory muscles.
Consumers experiencing any ill effects after eating these products should consult their health care provider. Anyone finding these products for sale should call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at (800) 495-3232 or submit an electronic report.