Say It Isn’t So: Williams-Sonoma’s Pumpkin Seed Pesto Recalled Because Botulism Isn’t Fall Flavored

The Pumpkin Seed Pesto sold at Williams-Sonoma has been recalled for possible botulism contamination. Don't worry other pumpkin products aren't affected.

The Pumpkin Seed Pesto sold at Williams-Sonoma has been recalled for possible botulism contamination. Don’t worry other pumpkin products aren’t affected.

In the fall months it seems like every other product contains some kind of pumpkin flavoring: Greek yogurt, coffee drinks, egg nog, and now botulism. Fine, botulism probably doesn’t have a flavor, but the Pumpkin Seed Pesto from Williams-Sonoma may contain the bacteria, which is why it’s being recalled.

The Food & Drug Administration announced the voluntary recall of California Olive and Vine’s Pumpkin Seed Pesto, which is distributed under the Williams-Sonoma label, because of irregular lab results.

Officials with the FDA say the product may have been processed improperly, making it susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum – the bacteria that can cause botulism.

Williams-Sonoma stores across the country have been selling the 8-ounce glass jars of pumpkin-flavored pesto since September.

Affected products will have the SKU numbers 6404305 or 6389043.

So far, officials say there have been no reports of any illnesses or contamination of the products.

Consumers who purchased the products are urged not to use it even if it does not look or smell spoiled. The FDA says the products should be discarded or returned to its place of purchase for a refund.

Ingestion of botulism toxin may lead to serious illness or death. Symptoms from botulism include: general weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distention and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

California Olive And Vine Announces The Voluntary Recall Of Pumpkin Seed Pesto [FDA]