RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) are warning customers not to eat any soup products made by Souperb, a Richmond based company, because the products were improperly processed and may be at risk for contamination of the botulism toxin.
Although no reported cases of illness associated with the products, the risk is high enough that VDACS said they needed to issue the warning as soon as possible. The firm was made aware of the dangers associated with selling improperly processed foods of this type and is conducting a voluntary recall to remove the soups from points of sale.
These soups are packaged in Mason-style jars with screw on metal lids and are sold at local farmers' markets, retail stores and the Souperb store on 25th Street. The jars are labeled with the Souperb logo.
Anyone with these products at home should discard them right away. Those who don't wear gloves when handling these products should wash their hands with soap and running water after handling.
Botulism toxin is odorless and colorless. It is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which could have made its way into these products.
The initial symptoms frequently experienced are double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids and dry or sore throat. Progressive descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, may follow. Infants with botulism appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms or any ill effects after consuming these products should consult a doctor immediately.