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Botulism Alert Issued for Canadian Pork Products

Jul 24, 2005 | The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a health warning on Friday not to eat the liver sausage, pickled pork, ham, sausage, or bratwurst sold by the German Meat and Sausage Deli of Tatla Lake, British Columbia.

The products, which are packed in 0.245 kg cans, may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum the bacteria responsible for botulism.

Botulism is a life-threatening illness caused by the build-up of toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It is important to note that foods contaminated by botulism may not look or smell spoiled. Thus, any food even suspected of being contaminated should not be consumed by humans or animals.

Although botulism is extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal, there have not been any reports of illness connected with these particular products to date.

For more information, contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at 1-800-442-2342 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time - Monday to Friday or check its health alert online at

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