Soups Sold At Farmers Markets Contain Toxin
Posted by Ivetta Babadjanian on Jun 11, 2012 - 3:55:05 PM
STUDIO CITY—The California
Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued out a warning to consumers to stay
away from the soup sold by Organic Soup Kitchen and One Gun Ranch at local farmers markets.
Dr. Rom Chapman of the CDPH released
a statement indicating that as of yet, no illnesses have been linked to any of
the affected products. The two brands of soup that were only sold
at local farmers markets has been accused of being improperly produced and
exposing consumers to Clostridium botulinum.
Courtesy of the California Department of Public Health
Ingesting food that contains the
botulinum toxin from canned foods that has been improperly processed may cause
serious illness such as botulism. Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic
disease with symptoms such as slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, inability
of the neck muscles to support the head and paralysis of the extremities and
The Malibu-based company One Gun
Ranch manufactured one of the brands of toxic soups which were only sold at the
Pacific Palisades Farmers Market on May 13 and June 3. Their following soups
were affected: Campfire Kitchen Cauliflower Soup, Heirloom Tomato Fennel
Gaspacho Soup, Sequoia’s Skinny Spiced Coconut, Parsnip and Turmeric Soup,
Ossian’s Pumpkin Stew and Freddy’s Firegrilled Meatballs. All of those soups
were sold in 16-ounce glass jars with screw-on metal lids.
The Santa Barbara-based Organic Soup
Kitchen produced the following affected soups: Fire Roasted Yam, Curried Potato
Leek, Curry Lentil Bisque, Tomato Bean and Wild Herb and Mediterranean Chipotle
Chili. Each of these soups were packaged in one-quart glass jars with screw-on
metal lids. The soups were only sold at the Calabasas and Studio City Farmers
markets on June 6 of last year and on May 6.
The CDPH is working with both
companies in order to make sure these products are no longer available for
sale. Anyone who has purchased the mentioned soups is advised to throw them
away immediately and then thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water.