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Published Date: 2017-05-07 06:50:48
Subject: PRO/EDR> Botulism - USA (05): deer antler herbal tea, FDA recall
Archive Number: 20170507.5018201
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International Society for Infectious Diseases

Date: Thu 4 May 2017
Source: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [edited]

US Deer Antler Ex and Imp, of Los Angeles, CA is recalling a variety of herbal teas prepared on [its] premises between 1 March and 30 April 2017 in cooperation with an inspection made by the California Department of Public Health. The aforementioned herbal teas, especially those with low-acidity held at room temperature, were not produced according to approved guideline, making them susceptible to contamination by _Clostridium botulinum_.

Below are the product descriptions:
Products / Packaging / Cases
Herbal Tea Variety Batches prepared on the premises between 1 Mar 2017 and 30 Apr 2017 / 120 mL per pouch / 40 pouches per case

The herbal teas were distributed to individual customers and acupuncturists in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

Symptoms of _Clostridium botulinum_ typically begin with blurred or double vision followed by trouble speaking, swallowing; and progression to muscle weakness starting in the upper body, moving downward. Botulism can lead to life-threatening paralysis of breathing muscles requiring support with a breathing machine (ventilator) and intensive care.
People experiencing these symptoms who have recently consumed these herbal teas should seek immediate medical attention.

In its ongoing cooperation with the California Department of Public Health, US Deer Antler Ex and Imp, Inc has immediately segregated its entire inventory of herbal tea varieties, and is notifying consumers and customers not to consume potentially-contaminated product.

Furthermore, US Deer Antler Ex and Imp Inc is voluntarily recalling all varieties of general herbal teas prepared on site in the period of 1 March to 30 April 2017 to ensure consumer safety. Consumers in possession of these products are to stop consumption and return unconsumed product to their original place of purchase.

US Deer Antler Ex and Imp, Inc will be sending recall notices to all of its direct customers. Please contact Joong W Park (323) 735-9665 for further information.

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[This recall notice from the FDA does not specifically mention the 2 cases of botulism (apparently one proven and one suspected), which were associated with the product in the Los Angeles area. Of note, all herbal teas prepared at US Deer Antler Ex and Imp Inc are included in the recall.

Most of the botulism recalls are related to defective preparation procedures that could, but do not necessarily, result in the germination of viable spores of _Clostridium botulinum_. - Mod.LL

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See Also

Botulism - USA (04): (CA) deer antler tea 20170429.5003486
Botulism - USA (03): (TX) wound, drug-related, 2005-2015 20170427.4999639
Botulism - USA (02): (CA) satay, risk, recall 20170420.4982801
Botulism - USA: (CA) wound, non-drug-related 20170402.4942916
Botulism - USA (11): (NM) wound, drug-related 20161004.4535918
Botulism - USA (10): soups, risk, recall 20160911.4480731
Botulism - USA (09): (NM) wound, drug-related 20160716.4350262
Botulism - USA (08): vacuum packed fish, risk, recall 20160623.4302950
Botulism - USA (07): (MS) prison brew 20160615.4288676
Botulism - USA (06): (NY,CA) dried salted uneviscerated fish, risk, recall 20160426.4184418
Botulism - USA (05): vegetable soup, risk, recall 20160421.4174551
Botulism - USA (04): (WA) fatal, conf 20160302.4062476
Botulism - USA (03): (OH,CA) jarred pesto, 2014 20160227.4052791
Botulism - USA (02): (WA) fatal, RFI 20160221.4037933
Botulism - USA: (MN) uneviscerated fish, recall 20160115.3935285
Botulism - USA (15): (MI) foods in jars, risk, recall 20151213.3858868
Botulism - USA (14): canned seafood, risk, recall 20151022.3736597
Botulism - USA (13): canned seafood, risk, recall 20151013.3712452
Botulism - USA (12): (OH) church dinner, home-canned potatoes, fatal 20150801.3548624
Botulism - USA (11): (OH, MD) jarred salsa, risk, recall 20150528.3391672
Botulism - USA (10): (AK, NC) fermented seal flipper, home canned carrots 20150515.3364683
Botulism - USA (09): (OH) church dinner, home-canned potatoes, fatal 20150427.3326627
Botulism - USA (04): (NY) uneviscerated fish, risk, recall 20150421.3312199
Botulism - USA (03): (NM) RFI 20150418.3306389
Botulism - USA (02): smoked fish ex Greece, risk, recall 20150215.3168432
Botulism - USA: uneviscerated fish, risk, recall 20150129.3130000

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