Skip to comments.Tampa woman maybe poisoned by botulism in bottled carrot juice
Posted on 10/06/2006 4:59:48 PM PDT by bwteim
TAMPA, Fla. -- Investigators believe botulism toxin from bottled carrot juice paralyzed a woman, the fourth person thought to be poisoned by bacteria in the drink.
The unidentified woman is unresponsive and has been hospitalized since mid-September, said Jylmarie Kintz, epidemiologist for the Hillsborough County Health Department.
Three people in Georgia also became ill after drinking the bottled juice made by Bolthouse Farms, according to the Food and Drug Administration. In a dispatch issued Friday, the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the three were from Washington County, Ga., and shared a meal, which included carrot juice on the evening of Sept. 7. The CDC said the three experienced respiratory failure and remain hospitalized on ventilators.
The FDA said the victims may have improperly handled the juice after purchase. Fresh carrot juice is low in acid, which means it must be kept refrigerated to prevent the growth of bacteria. The FDA is investigating other possible causes and has issued a warning to consumers not to drink Bolthouse Carrot Juice with a use-by date of Nov. 11 or earlier.
The CDC dispatch said the juice consumed by the three Georgia victims on Sept. 7 had a "best used by" date of Sept. 18 and tested positive for botulism. The juice consumed by the Florida woman on Sept. 16 had a "best used by" date of Sept. 19. The bottle also tested positive for botulism.
The Georgia and Florida bottles were from different lots, the CDC said.
Bolthouse Farms of Bakersfield, Calif., issued a voluntary recall for the juice last week. The juice as distributed in every state and in Mexico, Canada and Hong Kong with the labels "Bolt House Farms 100% Carrot Juice," "Earthbound Farm Organic Carrot Juice," and "President's Choice Organics 100% Pure Carrot Juice."
Tim Warner, a Washington-based public relations representative for Bolthouse Farms referred consumers to Bolthouse Farms' company Web site for additional information about the recall.
Warner said all of the company's other products remain available to consumers. He encouraged consumers to refrigerate all perishable products.
Botulism poisoning symptoms include double vision, droopy eyelids, trouble speaking or swallowing and paralysis on both sides of the body that progresses from the neck down.
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I say we all stop eating every form of vegetable known to man, especially brocolli.
Names of juice in question.
"Bolt House Farms 100% Carrot Juice,"
"Earthbound Farm Organic Carrot Juice,"
"President's Choice Organics 100% Pure Carrot Juice."
This thread is follow up to one by neverdem earlier this month.
Just public service for those who drink this particular carrot juice.
No other comment.
Off to the steakhouse for steak and fries. Catch you tomorrow.
Don't you dare take away my fried okra;)
Saw Paula Deen make Okra Sandwiches.......sorry, those things look NASTY!
100 bucks says its organic!
Don't people realize this is how it was done for over 5,000 years UNTIL WE DID IT BETTER!
I make my own fresh carrot juice then bottle it in a mason jar and drink it in one day. I don't leave juice sitting around.
Why not just make your own fresh with a juicer? It wouldn't be processed and is not that hard and carrots are cheap. I can't imagine having that kidn of disposable income to buy bottled carrot juice.
The article lists two of the brands from the mother batch as
"Earthbound Farm Organic Carrot Juice," and "President's Choice Organics 100% Pure Carrot Juice."
I will be really upset if the beet juice supply goes iffy.
I've never had carrot juice, imagine it would be good. Just eat fresh carrots.
I tell you that "organic" stuff is a killer, leave it outside to poison marauding hippies.
I'll take my vegetables picked, sterilized, packed and canned by robots, thank you.
And the Klintoons are trying to take sanitary snacks out of schools and force the kids to eat bagged spinach and other crap.
I was just searching beet juice - if the stuff does even half of what some sites claim, it's liquid gold.
I make my own juice too. I tried carrot juice from a can once and it was awful. It doesn't taste anything like fresh carrot juice.
For some reason, until I got a new juicer, I never thought of making plain apple juice and now that's my favorite kind with a bit of ginger root.
I was just kidding... beets are the nastiest vegetable I could think of. Even tons of butter and cheese sauce cant save them, but maybe they deserve a second look???
Nothing beats fresh.I got a really good juicer for a wedding gift. I juice three or four carrots and it doesn't matter if they're organic. I take what I can get at the Super Walmart :-) I add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (Braggs brand with the 'mother') and a dash of cayenne pepper. Really good after a long day at work. I clean my veggies really well and use the pulp in salad.
Earthbound Farm again? They had bad spinach, now bad carrot juice?
Ohhh fresh apple juice!:-) My FIL has four or five apple trees that make a nice addition to juice. Ginger is a nice touch. Plus the ginger is good for you.
If you are not going to drink it right away then it is a good idea to refrigerate it until you are ready. Carrot juice can go bad in a hurry.
I used to drink a carrot/orange blend. It was really good.
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