Juicing is no longer one of those weird habits reserved for health nuts. We're all starting to get in on the juice fad, and as a result, fresh squeezed fruit and veggie juices have started being carried all over the place -- from Starbucks to Whole Foods to regular grocery stores. But these seemingly super-healthy juices are apparently not without their own problems. Juices Incorporated (aka Juices International and Juices Enterprises) is recalling a ton of their products, because their carrot and beet juice products have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness. That's just greeeeat!
The FDA is warning consumers to steer clear of any juice products or other beverages from the company. Even if they don't look or smell spoiled.
The FDA warns that people experiencing botulism symptoms (general weakness; dizziness; double-vision; trouble with speaking or swallowing; difficulty in breathing; weakness of other muscles; abdominal distension; and constipation) after consuming carrot or beet juice products from Juices Incorporated should seek immediate medical attention.
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It does bear noting that though Juices Incorporated products were previously distributed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, they were recently found in retail establishments and restaurants in the New York City area, and the FDA warns that "consumers may have moved the products beyond this region."
Even if Juices Incorporated products haven't made it to your town, this should still serve as a red flag. It's bad enough when foods we know aren't exactly angelic get pulled off of shelves for being contaminated, but to think we're doing something good for ourselves by eating or drinking something seemingly pure and healthy, only to find that it could make us incredibly sick? It's truly disturbing.
Thankfully, the FDA is on this case, but the more recalls and contaminations we hear about it, the more it seems we need more thorough food safety and inspection for all products that are available to the public.
Does this news freak you out?