Health Department warns of botulism risk from specialty sauce

TPF lemongrass satay and shrimp satay products may be linked to botulism risk over faulty production, according to health officials.

The California Department of Public Health (CPDH) warned of a botulism risk Thursday involving two types of specialty sauces.

The products involved are TP Food Processing's lemongrass satay and shimp satay. Both products affected are jarred and bottled:

  • 9-oz. jars & half-gallon plastic tubs of lemongrass satay
  • 6-oz. & 9-oz. jars of shrimp satay

For a complete list of product codes to look for, click here.

Health officials say Westminster-based TP Food Processing distributed the affected jars to grocery stores in Arizona, California, Georgia, Oklahoma and Oregon.

If you have any of the products affected, you're urged to use rubber gloves to double-bag the product(s) and throw them away.

Botulism is a rare, but serious paralytic illness. Initial symptoms include double-or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry/sore throat. Paralysis starting in the upper part of both sides of the body and making its way down, may follow the initial symptoms. Other symptoms include: slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and the inability of the neck muscles to support the head. If you see the product(s) for sale at any grocery stores, you're urged to call the CDPH toll-free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.

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