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October 3, 2006

Atlanta -- State officials are warning consumers not to drink the Bolthouse Farms brand of carrot juice after three cases of botulism in Georgia were linked to the product.

Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said Monday that the Bakersfield, Calif., farm had issued a nationwide recall for its 100% carrot juice. Another case of botulism connected to the juice was reported in Florida last week, Irvin said.

The affected carrot juice is labeled as: "Bolthouse Farms 100% Carrot Juice," sold in both 1 liter and 450 milliliter sizes. "Earthbound Farm Organic Carrot Juice," sold in both 1 liter and 450 milliliter sizes. "President's Choice Organics 100% Pure Carrot Juice" sold in 1 liter and 450 milliliters: Look for "Use By" dates through Nov. 11.

Bolthouse Farms said internal auditors and the Food and Drug Administration examined its processing facilities and found them complying with regulations. Samples from the suspect lots were also examined by the FDA and were found to be toxin free, the release said.

Bolthouse Farms thinks the illnesses likely stemmed from improper refrigeration of carrot juice bottles by consumers.

Consumers can call the FDA at 1-800-SAFE-FOOD or Bolthouse Farms at 661-366-7205.

 

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