Italian manufacturer Frantoi Cutrera recalled its Pesto di finocchietto e mandorle - Segreti di Sicilia due to contamination with the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
Products with an expiry date of 31 July are included in the recall. The product was distributed in European markets including Austria.
Clostridium botulinum is an "anaerobe"; This means that the bacterium only grows under oxygen-free conditions. It forms heat-resistant spores, which are killed only at temperatures above 100 ° C. The nerve toxins produced by this bacterium, so-called neurotoxins, are among the strongest toxins known. These poisons are heat resistant.