10 hospitalized with botulism tied to nacho cheese sauce

Ten people have been hospitalized after they contracted botulism from eating nacho cheese sauce served at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California, according to state and local officials.

The Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement last week that the cause of the illness “appears to be prepared food, particularly nacho cheese sauce” from a gas station in Walnut Grove.

Botulism is a rare illness caused by nerve toxins released from bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms can include blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech and paralysis, among others. Some cases can be fatal.

CNN affiliate KTXL reports that one woman, Lavinia Kelly, was reportedly hospitalized after putting the nacho cheese sauce on some Doritos chips on April 21.

“My phone rings and I pick up the phone and it’s her, and she can’t articulate a word,” her sister, Theresa Kelly, told KTXL. She said that at first she thought her sister was going to die.

Kelly has spent more than three weeks in the intensive care unit, KTXL reports.

The store was ordered to stop selling prepared foods on May 5, but was allowed to reopen and sell prepackaged food items only on May 8 after a California Department of Public Health officer seized four bags of the cheese sauce, according to a Sacramento County inspection report.

In a statement sent to CNN, state health officials confirmed that the outbreak is believed to have been caused by the nacho cheese sauce. There does not appear to be an ongoing risk to the public, CDPH said.

Botulism outbreaks are rare, according to the CDC’s website.

Foodborne botulism is spread through ingesting the contaminated food, the CDC said. Symptoms typically begin to appear around 18 to 36 hours after eating the food.

While botulism can be fatal, the CDC’s website said only 3 percent to 5 percent of patients die.

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Frozen burritos recalled over listeria fears

A company in New Mexico is recalling about 253,000 pounds of frozen burritos in four states over fears of listeria contamination.

Green Chile Food Company recalled several types of meat and poultry burritos “shipped to institutions, retail stores and distribution centers” in California, Illinois, Oregon, and South Dakota.

The US Department of Agriculture said it discovered the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in a beef and potato burrito during routine sampling.

The frozen burritos in question were produced and packaged between March 8 and May 10.

Those who purchased them should not eat them, the USDA said. It asked consumers to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses.

Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating contaminated food and can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women and older people.

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and sometimes diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms appear a few days or up to a few weeks after eating the contaminated food.

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Publix recalls popular Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Publix has ordered a recall for its popular Artichoke and Spinach Dip due to the possibility that it may contain small glass fragments.

The 16 oz. version of the dip was sold at Publix locations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

The product’s UPC is 000-41415-15961 and carries use-by-dates of May 16 A1 and May 16 C1. The dates can be found on the lid of the container.

Consumers who purchased the dip are asked to return it to their local store for a full refund.

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Gin recalled for having too much alcohol

Canadian health authorities have launched a nationwide recall of Bombay Sapphire gin after bottles containing nearly double the advertised amount of alcohol were discovered.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the bottles were found to contain 77% alcohol by volume rather than the typical 40%.

The agency said that a “small” number of 1.1-liter bottles were affected. It warned consumers to throw out the bottles or return them but added that there were no reports of anyone becoming sick from drinking the gin.

Other products may be recalled following a food safety investigation, the agency said.

Bombay Sapphire is made by the private firm Bacardi, which is well known for its rum products and Grey Goose Vodka. The company said the recall was launched after “an isolated consumer complaint and subsequent quality assurance checks.”

Bacardi sells its alcoholic products in about 160 countries around the world.

The company, which is headquartered in Bermuda, operates 30 production facilities in places like Scotland, Italy, India, France, Spain, Germany, England and Mexico.

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McDonald’s phasing out Hi-C Orange, to offer new drink instead

McDonald’s is phasing out a familiar drink and then will to add a new one to their menu beginning on Monday.

According to multiple reports the fast food chain has decided to stop serving familiar favorite Hi-C Orange.

The drink had been popular in both Happy Meals and with adults but by the end of July the drink option will be gone altogether.

Locations have been told to sell Hi-C until their supply is gone and then a new beverage called Sprite TropicBerry will be offered and served exclusively at McDonald’s.


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All the places offering freebies, deals for Tax Day 2017

Tax Day can be exciting if you’re expecting a refund, but kind of a downer if you have to cut a check to the IRS. Regardless, many businesses are offering Tax Day deals or giveaways Tuesday in honor of the occasion.

We’ll say it now and then remind you later, but you’ll definitely want to check with your local chains to make sure they’re participating in the following deals. Here’s what you can expect:

Food and drinks

The spot: Great American Cookies
What you get: A free birthday cake cookie
The fine print: This deal is pretty cut-and-dried, all things considered. You’re not required to buy anything else in order to receive the free cookie, and you don’t have to show proof of tax completion. Score!

The spot: Bob Evans
What you get: 30 percent off your bill
The fine print: You’ll need to print this coupon to get the deal.

The spot: Kona Ice
What you get: A free cup of shaved ice
The fine print: You’re not required to show proof that you did your taxes and you don’t have to buy anything else. We love deals like this! Kona wants you to “chill out,” and will have trucks parked all across the country.

The spot: Sonic
What you get: Half-price cheeseburgers
The fine print: Valid for single-patty burgers only, Sonic said on its website.

The spot: Schlotzsky’s
What you get: “The Original” sandwich
The fine print: If you buy a bag of chips and a 32-ounce drink, you’ll get The Original for free. The deal is on for Tuesday only.

The spot: Noodles and Co.
What you get: $4 off your online purchase of $10 or more
The fine print: Use the code TAXDAY17 when you order through April 18.

The spot: Hot Dog on a Stick
What you get: A free original turkey dog
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only, at participating locations. One turkey dog per customer, please!

The spot: Sonny’s BBQ
What you get: A half-priced St. Louis rib dinner
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only, but you can choose sweet and smoky or house dry-rubbed ribs. The meal comes with two sidekicks and bread. Not all Sonny’s locations are offering the deal. The promotion can’t be used with any other offer, coupon or discount. You’re able to dine in or carry out the dinner portion only. This doesn’t include baby back ribs or all-you-can-eat.

The spot: World of Beer
What you get: A free select draught or $5 off your check
The fine print: The offer varies at participating taverns, where legal. The deal runs Tuesday only.

The spot: Hard Rock Cafe
The deal: A free Legendary Burger — if you’re ready to sing
The fine print: This one’s a little trickier: Hard Rock cafes across the country have offered this promotion in the past, but now it seems to be more of a regional deal. For example, at a Tampa location, guests will be able to sing for their supper from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in exchange for a free Legendary Burger, according to published reports. But this doesn’t seem to be the case everywhere, so we remind you again: Before you warm up those pipes, it might be best to call first and ask if the deal is on.

The spot: Hungry Howie’s
What you get: A 15-cent medium, one-topping pizza if you buy a large pizza at menu price
The fine print: This deal runs April 17-19. You must order online, using the promo code TAXDAY at checkout. It’s for carry-out orders only, and the offer isn’t valid in Florida.

The spot: Bruegger’s Bagels
The deal: A $10.40 Big Bagel Bundle (which includes 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese)
The fine print: Valid April 12-19 at participating bakeries, and you’ll have to opt-in to receive emails from Bruegger’s here.

The spot: Boston’s
The deal: A free single order of wings
The fine print: You have to register in the restaurant’s rewards program by Tuesday. Enroll here.

The spot: Boston Market
What you get: A half-chicken meal, including two sides, cornbread, a cookie and a fountain drink, for $10.40.
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only.

The spot: McDonald’s
What you get: This is another regional promotion, so you’ll have to check. But many McDonald’s outlets in South Florida, for example, are letting you buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with cheese and receive another for a penny.
The fine print: Swing by your local McDonald’s to confirm your deal. In the past, McDonald’s hasn’t required a coupon.

The spot: Firehouse Subs
What you get: A free medium sub with a qualifying purchase
The fine print: In order to get the free sub, you’ll need to buy an additional medium or large sub, chips and a medium drink. This runs April 18-20. Here’s a coupon.


The spot: HydroMassage
What you get: A free session
The fine print: This offer runs April 15-22. Print a coupon through this website to receive the deal, or to learn more information and find a location near you.

The spot: Our country’s national parks
What you get: Free admission
The fine print: This deal isn’t really Tax Day specific, but it falls around the same time, so we thought to include it. Did you know it’s National Parks Week? That means free entry into the parks this weekend. Just be aware, many of the national parks have special events running around this time, so you’ll want to check with the park of your choice first, to make sure you’re all set.

The spot: Select Wyndham properties
What you get: Up to 35 percent off if you book online by Monday
The fine print: The offer is for select Wyndham and Wyndham Grand hotel properties in Florida, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and other destinations. Use the code HTAX00 to book for travel between May 1 and Sept. 30, according to CNBC.

The spot: The skies
What you get: JetBlue is giving away 1,000 return flights (get it?) for taxpayers who owe the IRS.
The fine print: This is part of JetBlue’s Tax Return Flight giveaway. Enter to win here.


The spot: Staples
What you get: Free paper shredding, up to 2 pounds
The fine print: Here’s a coupon for the details and the deal.

The spot: Office Depot/Office Max
What you get: Free paper shredding, up to 5 pounds
The fine print: This is valid through April 29. Here’s a coupon you’ll need.

So, did we miss any deals you’re aware of? Let us know in the comments!

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