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Company blaming victims for Botulism poisoning

This company should not be pointing fingers at anyone but itself.  After all, who is more to blame?  The person who sold the juice or the person who drank the juice?  I know where I stand.

Tim Warner, spokesman for Bolthouse Farms, the company whose carrot juice has been traced as the source of botulism and the resulting paralysis of four American citizens and two Canadians, blamed consumers for their "failure to properly refrigerate" Bolthouse Farms carrot juice today. 

On the Bolthouse Farms Web site, the company stated in a press release that, "the company felt it most appropriate to pull our 100 percent carrot juice products off the market in the interest of consumer safety. If you have the product in your possession, please destroy it or return it to the store at which you purchased it for a refund."

But in the Toronto Star, Bolton is quoted as saying:

"It appears that it was consumers that did not take the good counsel to keep the product refrigerated," Bolthouse spokesman Tim Warner said yesterday, pointing to three Georgia residents and a Florida woman who are paralyzed and on ventilators.

Warner wouldn’t comment on the paralyzed man and woman in Toronto but said: "We have validated that our process of keeping our juice refrigerated through the distribution channel is a good one and of high quality."

Bolthouse Farms voluntarily recalled all Bolthouse Farms 100 percent Carrot Juice, Earthbound Farm Organic Carrot Juice and President’s Choice Organics 100 percent Pure Carrot Juice shipped in North America and Hong Kong after botulism was confirmed to be found in the products.