Death Wish Coffee Company, a New York-based coffee producer, prides itself on making the world’s strongest coffee. Now, it’s recalling it’s 11-oz Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew Cans because of the danger of botulism. According to a report in the Daily Hornet, the coffee was canned without a step to prevent the growth of bacteria that could cause botulism, which could result in paralysis or even death.
Flaw in Manufacturing Process
The company issued a statement saying its current manufacturing process could lead to the growth and production of the deadly toxin, in nitro canned coffee and other low acid foods that are sold in reduced-oxygen packaging. Death Wish has also stopped production of Nitro Cold Brew until an additional step in the manufacturing process can be implemented.
The company has said they will ensure anyone who bought the product on their website will receive a full refund in 60 days. It is not clear if anyone has been affected by these recalled products. For more information, visit the company’s website at DeathWishCofee.com/Recall. Anyone who experiences symptoms after drinking Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew Coffee should seek medical attention immediately.
The Dangers of Botulism
Foodborne botulism is a serious, potentially fatal disease. It is an intoxication usually caused by ingestion of potent neurotoxins, the botulinum toxins, formed in contaminated foods. Botulinum toxins are neurotoxic and therefore affect the nervous system. Foodborne botulism is characterized by descending, flaccid paralysis that can cause respiratory failure. Early symptoms include fatigue, weakness and vertigo, usually followed by blurred vision, dry mouth and difficulty in swallowing and speaking. Vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal swelling may also occur.
The disease may progress to weakness in the neck and arms, after which the respiratory muscles and muscles of the lower body are affected. There is no fever and no loss of consciousness. Symptoms usually appear within 12 to 36 hours after exposure.
If You Have Been Sickened
If you or a loved one has contracted botulism as a result of food contamination, you may be able to hold the at-fault manufacturer accountable for your losses. Injured victims in such cases may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities and pain and suffering. An experienced food poisoning lawyer will be able to better advise victims regarding their legal rights and options.