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Southern California Farmers Market-Sold Soups May Contain Botulism, Warns State Health Officials

December 31, 1969

The state's Department of Public Health is warning consumers to stay away from two packaged soups that were sold at farmers markets in Southern California. The two soups, from Organic Soup Kitchen and One Gun Ranch, may have botulism, which can cause serious health complications.

While no food illnesses related to the affected soups have been reported so far, the CHPH is now working with the two brands to discontinue the sale of these products. One Gun Ranch produced and sold about this soup at the Pacific Palisades Farmers Market on 5/13 and 6/3 of this year. Soup Kitchen sold about 80 soup jars weekly and seasonally between 6/6/11 and 5//6/12 at farmers markets in Studio City and Calabasas.

According to the state, health officials did not properly assess the processes used to make these soups before they were sold at the markets. One Gun Ranch and Organic Soup Kitchen both stopped making the soups after health agencies contacted them.

"Food that is sold for consumption is a consumer product, and food manufacturers, sellers, and distributors can be held liable for California products liability standards in the event of injury or illness," said Howard Law, PC founder and Anaheim personal injury attorney Vincent Howard.

Botulism is a rare but serious illness involving Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which can live in preserved or canned foods. Home-canned items are the foods most at risk of carrying this bacteria. Symptoms usually start to show up within 8- to 36 hours of consumption of the contaminated food. Item. Symptoms for adults may include breathing problems, respiratory failure, abdominal pain, problems speaking, swallowing difficulties, vision problems, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, and paralysis.

Food Injury Lawsuits
If you have suffered illness or injury because of a food item that you bought, you may have grounds for an Orange County, California food injury lawsuit. Food poisoning, Botulism, E. coli, Hepatitis A, Salmonellosis, Listeriosis, Shigella, Campylobacter, tooth injuries (from hard, foreign objects left in food items), burn injuries (from foods and liquids that are too hot), fatal allergic food reactions, and death can result from food defects. Food-related injuries or illnesses can be caused by spoiled or contaminated ingredients or because a food item was improperly prepared, stored in unsanitary conditions, not cooked enough, inadequately packaged or improperly cleaned. The tainted food product may have been bought from a grocery store or wholesaler or served at a restaurant or served at someone else's home. There may be more than one liable party.

Botulism warning issued on some soups sold at farmers markets, Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2012

Botulism, Mayo Clinic

California Department of Public Health

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"You want to work with a law firm that is experienced in handling product defect lawsuits involving food," said Anaheim products liability lawyer Vincent Howard. "Some illnesses and injuries resulting from food defects are serious enough to warrant significant recovery for damages."

Los Angeles injury attorney Vincent Howard represents clients in cities throughout LA County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County.