Friday, February 08, 2002

Asparagus cans sold in Ky., Ind. recalled

Associated Press

        WASHINGTON — A Michigan company is recalling cans of asparagus sold in five states including Kentucky and Indiana because they may be contaminated with botulism.

        Recalled is asparagus packaged in 15-ounce cans sold under the Wylwood Select, Fancy Cut and Green Spears labels.

        The asparagus was sold in Save-A-Lot stores in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia. Lids of the recalled cans bear the code ASPC 126144-11.

        Consumers should not eat the recalled asparagus even if it does not look or smell spoiled, warned manufacturer Mason County Fruit Packers of Ludington, Mich.

        Botulism can cause weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble with speaking, swallowing or breathing. People experiencing such symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

        The Food and Drug Administration said no illness had been reported. The potentially contaminated vegetables were discovered when the company spotted abnormal-looking cans during labeling operations.

        Buyers should return the recalled cans to the place of purchase for refunds and may call the company at (231) 929-5937.


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