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Juices Incorporated has issued a voluntary recall of several of its products due to concerns that the drinks may cause botulism in those who consume them, the FDA announced recently.

The company, which also goes under the names Juices International and Juices Enterprises, announced that their products containing carrot and beet juice may pose a risk of Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that may cause botulism. Juices Incorporated had previously been investigated and flagged by the FDA for unsanitary conditions in their production facilities; in 2010 the FDA found Juices Incorporated in “continuing violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

The products can be found in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania; the company may have distributed products outside these areas, as well. The FDA has advised consumers to avoid all of Juices Incorporated’s products at this time. Though the FDA issued a “Consent Decree of Permanent Injunction” against Juices Incorporated in January, the company still continued to manufacture the products.

Because food poisoning can be critically dangerous and even fatal, it is incredibly important that food companies—particularly those that ship their products to a wide area and hence pose a greater risk for a wider amount of people—take care to ensure that the food they produce is safe for consumption. The FDA thus plays a crucial role in ensuring that such companies are following the law in order to protect public health.

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