Rice porridge with abalone recalled due to botulism fears

BALTIMORE - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is warning residents not to consume or purchase certain batches of Korea Food Trading Ltd. rice porridge with abalone because it might contain botulism.

Korea Food Trading Ltd. issued a recall on April 3 for rice porridge with abalone produced on Nov. 25, 2013. The product was sold in 288 gram containers with the UPC 8 83298 61617 3 and product code 2015-01-24.

This product has also been recalled in Canada by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Initial reports show the product was distributed to the U.S., including to Maryland.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Symptoms of botulism include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness.

If untreated, these symptoms may cause paralysis of the respiratory muscles, arms, legs and trunk. In foodborne botulism, symptoms generally begin 18 to 36 hours after eating a contaminated food, but they can occur as early as six hours or as late as 10 days. Anyone with these symptoms should consult their health care provider.

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