In late-Thursday, the Northwest Territories’ chief public health officer, Dr. Andre Corriveau, announced that those people who purchased pesto from Hay Rover market should ditch the product. Otherwise, they risk botulism. The pesto sold by Riverside Growers NT via Fisherman’s Wharf Market on July 7th and July 14th might be infected with Clostridium botulinum bacteria.
“Discard it and do not eat it. There is a risk of botulism related to consuming this product,” warned Dr. Andre Corriveau.
On the other hand, the representatives of Riverside Growers NT, a hydroponic farm based out of Hay River, apologized to their customers and said the issue came up due to incorrect labeling. Accordingly, they said that “the jars did not indicate refrigeration was necessary. Without refrigeration, there is the potential for botulism.”
“We have contacted approximately two-thirds of our customers who purchased already. If we haven’t contacted you regarding the issue, please contact us for a refund,” the company’s representatives announced on Facebook.
Botulism is one of the most potent nerve toxins that can cause paralysis and death
Botulism is the disease triggered by exposure to Clostridium botulinum bacteria that can survive low-oxygen environments like incorrectly canned foods.
The illness starts with a dry mouth and impaired speech and continues with swallowing difficulties, droopy eyelids, and blurred vision. If not treated in time, botulism evolves and affect the nervous system causing muscle paralysis at arms and legs levels. Eventually, it can trigger the paralysis of the torso triggering breathing difficulties which can be fatal.
Botulism symptoms commonly occur within 36 hours after consuming Clostridium botulinum–contaminated food, but, in some cases, it could take up to 10 days to make its presence felt.
Luckily, up to now, there are no botulism cases recorded across the Northwest Territories caused by the pesto produced by Riverside Growers NT and sold at Hay River market.