Gehl Foods distributed nacho cheese linked to fatal botulism

Ten cases of botulism - a nerve-paralyzing illness caused by toxins - are now linked to Valley Oak Food and Fuel after tainted nacho cheese sickened customers, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Four batches of the cheese topping from the gas station tested positive for the toxin in May.

The county has cited the gas station for failure to protect food from contamination, but the key question to protect other nacho eaters is how and when the cheese became contaminated. Says Beringause in a statement, "Gehl's facilities remain safe for food production and all of our food samples continue to test negative for any contaminants".

According to inspection reports from Sacramento County, Gehls nacho cheese sauce was impounded during an inspection conducted on May 8, 2017. The disease is extremely rare; there were only 15 food-borne cases of botulism in 2014.

The health department also said that it does not believe that there is a continued threat of contracting the rare illness. Most associate it with food canned at home, not sold in a store, and significant doses can lead to death.

Between 5 and 10 percent of botulism cases are fatal, according to the World Health Organization. Botulism information and data can be found on the CDPH website and the CDC website.

A depiction of Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that create a deadly toxin.

Wound botulism, anther common form of the illness, is most often associated with black tar heroin users and develops when bacteria spores enter an open cut, multiply and produce the toxin that causes botulism.

Cook - Make sure foods are cooked to the right temperature. "It is odorless and colorless, so it is not possible to tell if a product is contaminated just by looking at it". Low-acid foods, such as green beans, corn and beets, as well as fermented seafood, are common foodborne botulism culprits. Additional symptoms include difficulty swallowing or speaking, dry mouth, facial weakness, blurred or double vision, drooping eyelids, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps.

Food safety is very important, and outlets selling perishable goods must keep a check on the quality of their food items, because man sadly lost his life after consuming food from a gas station.



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