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Food safety specialists concerned about Richmond soup business

RICHMOND, Va. — Souperb, a Church Hill-based soup shop, will issue a voluntary recall Friday after food safety specialists from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) warned people not to eat the soup.

“These products were improperly processed, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum,” VDACS Director of Communications Elaine Lidholm wrote in an email. “Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred and canned foods may lead to serious illness and death.”

Souperb owner Diane Fraser said the recall was precautionary and added no one has gotten sick eating her soup. Still, the state said the risk was high enough to issue the warning.

“The soups are packaged in Mason-style glass jars with screw-on metal lids and have been sold at area farmers’ markets, retail stores and the store on North 25th Street,” Lidholm said. “The jars are labeled with the Souperb name and may have an associated use by or best by date.”

Souperb is located at 314 North 25th Street in Richmond.

If you have Souperb soups at home, the state recommended you throw it out immediately.

“Double bag the jars in plastic bags and place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash,” Lidholm wrote. “Those who don’t wear gloves when handling these products should wash their hands with soap and running water after handling.”

This is a developing story.

1 Comment

  • mary

    Probably a good thing that Virginia’s Department of Agriculture wasn’t around when people first settled in Virginia, because a lot of us wouldn’t be here: our ancestors would have starved to death. They wouldn’t have been allowed to barter, buy, or trade for home canned food or raw milk or unpasteurized honey. Canning, whether by hot water bath or under pressure, is older than the nanny state. Some of us still do preserve what our gardens produce this way, ending up with the makings of meals that stay safe for years, even when electrical problems knock out freezers for days at a time. I wouldn’t hesitate to eat Souperb’s soups, but it seems as though that’s no longer a choice I have. …and here’s some common sense information for people who might be worried: http://www.nwedible.com/2013/07/how-not-to-die-from-botulism-what-home-canners-need-to-know-about-the-worlds-most-deadly-toxin.html

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