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Taco Bell cheese recalled by Kraft Heinz Co. for botulism risk

The Kraft Heinz Food Co. is planning to recall  cheese dip from nationwide because of botulism risk.

As per company’s statement the products  packs are showing signs of product separation which create conditions that could allow for the growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are instructed  not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

The company warned consumers who bought the cheese dip not eat it. People can return the recalled product to the store where they purchased it for an exchange or full refund, according to the Kraft Heinz news release. A Consumer helpline number has also been issued by the company as  800-310-3704.

Consumers can identify the recalled cheese dip by looking for the label information in the below chart.

In food processing, C. botulinum is of concern in thermally processed (“canned”) and fermented foods.

  1. botulinum produces a potent neurotoxin, which is formed during vegetative cell growth. Illness is caused by the ingestion of foods containing the neurotoxin. Immediate symptoms of botulism include dry mouth, dizziness, weakness; nausea and vomiting also may occur. Neurologic symptoms will follow, including blurred or double vision, the inability to swallow, difficulty speaking, descending weakness of skeletal muscles and, ultimately, respiratory paralysis. Untreated, this can lead to death .