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Botulism Found In Bella Cucina Pesto: Jars Recalled

Atlanta-based Bella Cucina, which sells through the mail, on the internet and in stores, is recalling 6-ounce glass jars of porcini and parmesan pesto because of possible contamination by Clostridium botulinum.

That’s the bacteria that can produce the toxin that causes botulism, a potentially deadly form of food poisoning.

The porcini and parmesan pesto sells for $12 for each 6-ounce jar. Sure does sound tasty, though. Bella Cucina’s website promises that  the “Porcini and Parmesan Pesto is a thick, hearty pesto combining Italy’s most treasured ingredients: dried porcini mushrooms and parmesan cheese. This earthy pesto melts in your mouth…”

No illnesses have yet connected with the “earthy pesto” that now maybe just a little too earthy.

The jars being recalled are marked by lot numbers 0081028 and 0081018.

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