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DHMH Press Releases : Marylanders Should Not Consume Rice Porridge With Abalone

Marylanders Should Not Consume Rice Porridge With Abalone Produced by Korea Food Trading Ltd. Because of the Potential Presence of Dangerous Bacteria

Baltimore, MD (April 18, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) advises residents not to consume or purchase certain lots of Korea Food Trading Ltd. Rice Porridge with Abalone sold at retail grocery stores because of the potential for the product to permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. This product has been recalled in Canada by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Initial reports show that product was distributed to the U.S., including to Maryland.
Korea Food Trading Ltd. issued a recall on April 3, 2014, for Rice Porridge with Abalone produced on November 25, 2013. The product was sold in 288g containers with the UPC 8 83298 61617 3 and product code 2015-01-24.
Currently, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.
Symptoms of botulism include: double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. These are all symptoms of the muscle paralysis caused by the bacterial toxin. If untreated, these symptoms may progress to cause paralysis of the respiratory muscles, arms, legs, and trunk. In foodborne botulism, symptoms generally begin 18 to 36 hours after eating a contaminated food, but they can occur as early as 6 hours or as late as 10 days. Anyone with these symptoms should consult their health care provider.
Foodborne botulism is very rare in Maryland. More information about botulism can be found at the DHMH website