Aldi has recalled an entire lot of Simply Nature Organic Poppy Seed Dressing because it could potentially be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a type of bacteria.
According to Consumer Reports, the recall was announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Sept. 16. So far, no illnesses have been reported as a result of these contaminated products.
But bacterial contamination has the potential to cause serious side effects and health issues for consumers.
Details of the Recall
The FDA alert states that the 12-ounce glass bottles of the dressing (UPC code 4099100023169) have a “best by” date of Feb. 16, 2023. These products were distributed to Aldi stores in 30 states including California. A notice on Aldi’s website stated that it has removed the products from the stores.
The manufacturer recalled the product after workers noticed a color difference in the product after it was manufactured. Testing showed that the products did not meet the required PH specifications. A company spokesperson said the PH was such that the product could support the growth of microbes including Clostridium botulinum. But a spokesperson said the bacteria were not detected in the products. Those who have these products at home are urged to return them to Aldi for a full refund.
What is Botulism?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by a toxin, which launches an assault on the body’s nerves. Symptoms of botulism typically include weakness of the muscles that control the eyes, face, mouth, and throat.
This weakness may also spread to the neck, arms, torso, and legs. Botulism could also weaken the muscles needed for breathing, which could lead to respiratory issues or even death. If you or someone you know is experiencing these botulism symptoms, it is crucial to see your doctor or go to the emergency room as soon as possible.
If You Have Been Affected
If you or a loved one has been sickened by a contaminated product, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. You may be able to hold the food manufacturer, processor, retailer, or another involved party accountable for your damages and losses. An experienced California food poisoning lawyer will be able to help you analyze your legal rights and options.