The FDA has issued an “urgent” warning about several brands of imported olives that are contaminated with botulism. From the FDA:
The olives are sold under the following brands:
Borrelli, Bonta di Puglia, Cento, Corrado’s, Dal Raccolto, Flora, Roland and Vantia, and have codes that start with the letter “G” and are followed by 3 or 4 digits. All sizes of cans, glass jars and pouches of Cerignola, Nocerella and Castelvetrano type olives are affected.
Symptoms of botulism include general weakness, dizziness, double vision, trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation. People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Consumers may also report illnesses associated with consumption of these olives to the nearest FDA district offices.
The olives should not be eaten alone or in other foods, even if they do not appear to be spoiled. Consumers should discard these products or return them to the point of purchase.
No far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the olives. The FDA is stressing that restaurants may be using these olives, so if you work in a restaurant why not do yourself a favor and check to make sure you’re not feeding botulism to innocent people via the salad bar. The FDA thanks you. —MEGHANN MARCO