The Times Union reported today that Death Wish Coffee is recalling its Nitro Cold Brew because there is a risk of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) or botulism, a serious toxin that causes weakness of the muscles and difficulty breathing.
The coffee is being pulled from shelves at Price Chopper/Market 32, Healthy Living Market & Café, and independent retailers at the behest of Death Wish Coffee.
Nitrogen-infused coffee is a fairly new process with few federal standards and regulations through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to the Center for Disease Control, C. botulinum or botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body’s nerves. Symptoms of botulism usually start with weakness of the muscles that control the eyes, face, mouth, and throat. This weakness may spread to the neck, arms, torso, and legs. Botulism also can weaken the muscles involved in breathing, which can lead to difficulty breathing and even death.