In the most populated state of Australia, a well-known vegan milk brand has been recalled after being connected to a botulism case.
According to food safety officials, Inside Out Unsweetened Almond Milk is being recalled in New South Wales (NSW) "due to potential biotoxin contamination.".
It happens after a person uses the product and is subsequently hospitalized.
The toxin that causes botulism can be extremely harmful and has been associated with serious diseases.
According to Inside Out Nutritious Goods, the company that makes the vegan milk, "takes any potential food contamination issue extremely seriously. ".
The company added, "As soon as we were made aware of a potential contamination issue, we started a voluntary recall and have been offering every assistance to the relevant authorities.
According to Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Woolworths-owned stores were selling the company's one-liter unsweetened almond milk product, which had an expiration date of 1 March.
Customers shouldn't eat this product, it says. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund," it added.
The botulinum toxin, which can lead to botulism, was discovered in a sample of Inside Out's product, according to NSW's health ministry.
It claimed that after a person drank the product, they began to exhibit "severe symptoms of botulism," which led to the discovery of the contamination. ".
According to the ministry, "The person was admitted to the hospital, where they are still receiving treatment.".
Inadequately made sausages were where the botulinum toxin, which is produced by bacteria, was first found. It was given the Latin name botulus, which means sausage.
The early symptoms of botulism include weakness, fatigue, and vertigo, according to Keira Glasgow, director of NSW Health's One Health division. Foodborne cases of the disease are extremely rare, she added.
These symptoms can worsen and lead to the paralysis of the arm muscles, which can spread to the trunk and legs and be fatal, according to Ms. Glasgow.
If diagnosed and treated early, most cases recover. A few hours to several days after consuming the contaminated product, symptoms of foodborne botulism may appear, the expert continued.