- The contaminated sauce was removed from sale on May 5
- Health officials believe there is no continued risk to the public
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a statement
Monday indicating the cheese sauce had tested positive for the toxins released by bacteria that cause the illness. The same toxins were identified in patients tested by the department.
The CDPH said it doesn't believe there is any continued threat to the public because the contaminated sauce was removed from sale on May 5.
Botulism is a rare illness caused by nerve toxins released by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms can include blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech and paralysis, among others. Some cases can be fatal.
CNN affiliate KTXL reports that one woman, Lavinia Kelly, was reportedly hospitalized after putting the nacho cheese sauce on some Doritos chips on April 21.
"My phone rings and I pick up the phone and it's her, and she can't articulate a word," her sister, Theresa Kelly, told KTXL. She said that at first she thought her sister was going to die.
Kelly has spent more than three weeks in intensive care, KTXL reports.