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Recall issued for bottled clams sold at Acadian Peninsula campsite

A campsite in Haut-Shippagan, N.B., on the Acadian Peninsula has recalled bottled clams that were sold at its store.

The campsite is Cielo Glamping Maritime.

The clams could allow for the growth of a bacteria known for causing botulism and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product should not be consumed.

The recall was announced Saturday and includes clams packaged in 500-millilitre and one-litre unlabeled Mason jars.

Clams found in Quebec restaurant
In a post in French on their Facebook page Sunday, Cielo Glamping Maritime said that without the business being aware, the bottled clams were taken to a popular restaurant in Quebec City.

The business said it follows provincial standards for food safety and is in compliance, but after the clams ended up at the restaurant in Quebec they were inspected under federal standards.

"Since our clams ended up outside of N.B., they had to issue a recall on our product," the post read in French.

The post says the clams Cielo sells are not intended for resale.

Since the product is only made for Cielo, the bottles didn't have to be labelled. But the company has made the decision to label the bottles now.

"Our clam jars are no more risky than traditional "brokée" clams from here, and we have always kept our jars under refrigeration from the time they were prepared until sold."

No illnesses reported
No illnesses associated with this product have been reported to the CFIA. The agency advises anyone who purchased the bottles to throw away the clams or return them to Cielo Glamping Maritime.

CFIA says the clams may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause illness.

Some symptoms of botulism include facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, unreactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking, slurred speech, and a change in sound of voice, including hoarseness.

Symptoms of foodborne botulism in children can include difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, generalized weakness and paralysis. In all cases, botulism does not cause a fever. In severe cases of illness, people may die.