DDS: Food Recall Advisory: Health Advisory for Olives Sold by Ocean State Job Lot Stores

TO: DDS Regional Directors, STS Director, CTH Coordinators, Private Providers, CO Quality Management Personnel
FROM: Daniel A. Micari, Director, Quality Management Services
DATE: July 3, 2013
RE: FOOD RECALL ADVISORY: Health Advisory for Olives Sold by Ocean State Job Lot Stores
 
 
Food Recall Advisory
 
Food Recall Advisory: On July 3, The Rhode Island Department of Health advises consumers not to eat Mediterranean Olives: Calcidica Sweet (Brand: Bel Frantoio) sold at any Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) stores. OSJL is voluntarily recalling the product after HEALTH staff discovered that these products were not handled appropriately to prevent production of the toxin that causes botulism.

Mediterranean Olives: Calcidica Sweet, produced by Bel Frantoio and packaged in 34-oz. plastic containers, were sold in OSJL stores in New York and throughout the Northeast (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine). This product is being voluntarily recalled because it is labeled “Keep
Refrigerated,” but was sold at room temperature, making it susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum.
 
See the 2013-39 Ocean State Job Lot Olives - Health Advisory & Recall document for further information. (PDF, 537 KB)
 
Please ensure those responsible for food shopping and preparation are aware of this food recall advisory.  Also review your food stores to determine whether or not the identified products are present.  If the identified products are present, address appropriately.