WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Friday night not to drink Bolthouse Farms Carrot Juice in certain packaging after linking a fourth case of botulism to the product.

Consumers should refrigerate carrot juice, including pasteurized carrot juice, the FDA said in a statement. One link between the illness and the consumers affected appears to be that the carrot juice they drank was not properly refrigerated once it was in the home, the FDA said.

The product from Bolthouse Farms of Bakersfield, Calif., was identified by the FDA as Bolthouse Farms Carrot Juice, 450 ml and 1-liter plastic bottles, with “best if used by” dates of Nov. 11, 2006, or earlier.

The latest botulism case involved a woman in Florida who was suffering from paralysis, a symptom of botulism. People experiencing that or other symptoms – double vision, droopy eyelids, altered voice and trouble with speaking or swallowing – should seek medical attention, the FDA said.

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