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Dip recalled for possible botulism risk

Olivier brand Parmesan & Asiago Dip with Garlic & Basil was recently recalled by Olivier Olive Oil Products, Inc. of Saint Helena, California, for potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes botulism. The dip was distributed to Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide and to Olivier Napa Valley retail stores located in Truckee and St. Helena, California.

Recalled dip lot codes include:

* OPA 34171
* OPA 23471
* OAP 17271
* OAP 17671
* OAP 36061
* OAP 36161
* OPA 33961

The lot code appears on the side of the 11.76 ounce glass jar.

In its warning to consumers, the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) noted that Clostridium botulinum does not make the product smell or look different, and consumers are urged to throw out any dip in their possession. In addition, CDHS stated:

Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Symptoms of botulism include: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

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