"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Botox Question

Two people taken to hospital as Food Standards Agency issues warning about certain jars of curry sauce

“The public is being warned not to eat certain jars of a Loyd Grossman curry sauce after two people were taken to hospital with botulism poisoning. 

The Food Standards Agency said a batch of the brand’s korma sauce had been made the subject of a full recall and was being removed from shop shelves following the scare. It confirmed that two members of the same family hospitalised after contracting botulism had eaten from a jar of this batch of sauce in Scotland.

Only one jar is known to be contaminated with the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which causes botulism, but the FSA is advising people not to eat products from this batch as a precautionary measure.

Botulism food poisoning is a life-threatening condition caused by a bacterium which produces a toxin that attacks the nervous system. It is contracted by eating foods contaminated with the bacteria and can affect people of any age.

Symptoms include blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing and a dry mouth, and usually occur within 12 and 36 hours of eating affected foods. It is easily treated if a doctor or hospital is notified early, although full recovery can take several months. The infection is not contagious and so cannot be spread from person to person…”

© 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.

A few hours later, my guests and I were up on the roof terrace, enjoying Dalila’s rather tasty fish biryani.

My “blurred vision, drooping eyelids and slurred speech” are, so far, no worse than usual.
It’s a situation I will continue to monitor.

The picture of Dalila in the kitchen, and my fish biryani on the roof terrace, were taken at home.
The image of Loyd Grossman and his curry sauce was taken from the web.

4 responses

  1. Perhaps it’s the water?!

    November 15, 2011 at 9:27 am

    • Never drink the stuff, myself!

      November 15, 2011 at 10:45 am

  2. Toffeeapple

    I have never felt the need to buy a sauce when they are so easy to make. Botulism, I have been told, is the source of Botox. Personally, I like a face to be able to crease. Your lunch looked very tempting. I wonder if Dalila could be persuaded to share her recipes? Have you stopped slurring yet?

    November 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    • I find I crease quite easily nowadays. It’s not just my face, but all manner of places!
      As for Dalila’s recipes, she is always happy to share them with our guests but I think you need to be with her in the kitchen. None of them are written, and they would certainly get lost in translation should I tried to pass them on.

      November 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

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