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By Joe Whitworth+

04-Aug-2014
Last updated on 04-Aug-2014 at 12:13 GMT

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has warned consumers not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because of Clostridium botulinum concerns.

Dr Ron Chapman, CDPH Director and State Health Officer, said the products may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to the contamination.  

CDPH is working with the US Food and Drug Administration and the Ohio Department of Health to investigate two cases of foodborne botulism infections that may be associated with the firm’s Pine Nut Basil Pesto.

VR Green Farms of San Clemente, California, is recalling: Pine Nut Basil Pesto, Pickled Farm Mix, Old World Tomato Sauce, Sundried Tomatoes in Olive Oil, Tuscan Grilling Sauce, and Pasta Sauce.

The products were sold under the VR Farms label and packaged in Mason-style glass jars with screw-on metal lids but do not include any coding or “use by” dates.

They were sold at the VR Green Farms stand in San Clemente, California and via the Internet to consumers throughout the US.

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