Food Product RecallA San Clemente-based company is recalling several products due to food poisoning concerns.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, California Department of Public Health officials released a consumer alert for possible contamination of San Clemente-based VR Green Farms products after determining that two botulism infection cases may be tied to the company’s pine nut basil pesto.

The VR Green Farms products affected by the recall include pine nut basil pesto, pickled farm mix, Old World tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, Tuscan grilling sauce and pasta sauce.

The products are packaged in mason-style glass jars and are sold at VR Green Farm stands in San Clemente and online. Consumers who have these products at home are asked to dispose them right away. Health officials also caution that consumers should use gloves when handling the products and that they should be discarded in double-bagged trash cans.

Those handling this contaminated food are also advised to wash their hands with soap and water after discarding the products. If you have been affected, please contact the state Health Department at 800-495-3232.

What is Botulism?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulinum toxin.

In the United States, an average of 145 botulism cases are reported each year out of which about 15 percent are foodborne. Common symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, droopy eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness.

Protecting Your Rights

If you have suffered health consequences as a result of botulism or any other type of food poisoning, please remember that you have rights.

Affected victims can file a personal injury claim against the food manufacturer of damages including medical expenses, lost wages, diagnostic costs, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

If you have consumed contaminated food, please preserve the food and isolate it so it can be tested in a laboratory for the presence of bacteria or other pathogens. File a report with your local health agency and contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled food poisoning cases to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.