"Sister Sara's Good for You" products may not be so good for you, after all.
The Pleasanton firm voluntarily recalled several of its products Friday after the state Department of Public Health discovered they were produced without the required controls to prevent botulism toxin, which can lead to serious illness and death.
As of late Friday, no illnesses had been linked to the products, which were sold at farmers' markets in Alameda County.
The recalled items were packaged in one-pint glass canning jars with screw-on metal lids.
The products did not contain production or date codes, but were labeled as "Sister Sara's Good for You Soup," "Sister Sara's Bread and Butter Pickles," "Sister Sara's Pickled Beets" and "Sister Sara's Old Fashioned Dill Pickles."
Sister Sara's managers could not be reached for comment late Friday.
Botulism toxin is odorless and colorless. Symptoms generally occur 18 to 36 hours after ingesting it, but can occur as early as six hours or up to 10 days later.
Affected people often have blurred or double vision, followed by trouble speaking and swallowing. They may experience muscle weakness in the upper body.
Botulism can lead to life-threatening paralysis of the muscles used in breathing, so health experts advise people who are experiencing symptoms to seek immediate medical attention.
The state urged consumers to discard the recalled products.
Anyone who sees the products for sale is encouraged to call the state public health department complaint line at 800-495-3232.
Sandy Kleffman covers health. Contact her at 510-293-2478. Follow her at Twitter.com/skleffman.