Georgia Department of Agriculture

Lakeside Foods recalls Pickled Sliced Beets that may cause food poisoning

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting consumers to the recall of some pickled sliced beets that may not have been processed properly.

Lakeside Foods, Inc. of Manitowoc, Wisc., is recalling 3,000 cases of their 105-ounce canned pickled sliced beets because the beets have the potential to be contaminated with harmful organisms including Clostridium botulinum, the organism that causes botulism. Botulism is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning that can cause weakness, dizziness, double vision, abdominal pain and constipation as well as difficulty speaking, swallowing or breathing.

The recalled product was distributed in GA, AL, FL, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN and WI. The product has the code EFBB229/003034 or EFBB229/003047 located on the can and the can may advertise any of the following labels: Bountiful Harvest, Code Elite, Comsource Medal, Lakeside, Monarch, Nugget Black, Restaurant Pride or Sysco Classic.

Lakeside said the beets may have been under processed and they have currently identified and corrected the condition that led to the product recall. To date, there have been no illnesses reported in relationship to this recall.

Consumers who have purchased this product may return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Those with questions may contact the company at (800) 466-3834, extension 4090.

Georgia Department of Agriculture sanitarians will be checking food warehouses as part of their daily activities to make sure these products are removed from distribution.

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