Canadian Food Inspection Agency warns of PEI man’s consumption of bottled meat

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CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a warning against consuming beef and chicken bottled by a Prince Edward Island man and sold in classified ads in provincial newspapers. The agency says meat products made by Robert Waite of Tignish, Prince Edward Island, carry a risk of botulism.

He says meats sold in unlabeled 500-milliliter jars, through November 26 inclusive, should not be eaten.

The warning is the result of agency tests which suggest that the meats may allow the growth of bacteria that cause botulism.

In its review, the agency says contaminated food may not look or smell rotten, but it can still lead to illness.

To date, no meat-related illness has been reported.

“Symptoms in adults may include facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, unresponsive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, droopy eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking, or including slurred speech and a change in the sound of the voice, including hoarseness, the agency said in its warning notice.

In children, symptoms may include difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, general weakness, and paralysis.

The agency says it is conducting a food safety investigation that could lead to the recall of these or other products.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 27, 2020.

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