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October 6, 2006
Public advised not to drink certain brands of carrot juice
Toronto Public Health is warning the public to avoid drinking certain brands of carrot juice following a product recall issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. These products have been linked to botulism in individuals in the United States.

Toronto Public Health is investigating three suspected cases of botulism in Toronto. Two of the three cases are currently in hospital with serious illness. Test results are pending and, at this point, botulism from carrot juice is suspected.

The products involved in the recall are:

- “Bolthouse Farms 100% Carrot Juice” sold in both 1 litre and 450 millilitre sizes

- “Earthbound Farm Organic Carrot Juice” sold in both 1 litre and 450 millilitre sizes

- “President’s Choice Organics 100% Pure Carrot Juice” sold in both 1 litre and 450 millilitre sizes.

Products with a “best by” date up to November 11, 2006 should not be consumed.

“If you have these products at home, throw them out immediately. If you are a retailer, these products should be removed from shelves and should not be sold,” said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Medical Officer of Health. “If you have consumed any of these types of carrot juice, and are feeling ill, see your doctor immediately.”

Botulism can lead to serious illness, and must be treated early. Symptoms can include blurred vision, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and paralysis. Toronto Public Health sent a surveillance alert to Toronto hospitals notifying them of the suspected cases, and asking them to report any cases of potential botulism.

For more information on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recall, visit:

Media contact:
Rishma Govani
Toronto Public Health
416- 338-7974
After hours: 416-690-2142



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