Martin Galindo-Larious Jr. is a 37 year old father who died after having a snack at a North Carolina gas station.
One victim is paralyzed and nine others have been hospitalized after ingesting nachos.
He was taken off of life support on May 18th and died hours later. The family stopped for a snack at Valley Oak Food and Fuel last month while commuting to Sacramento. He was hoping to get some snacks and to get something to eat.
The product was immediately removed from the shop, as state health officials confirmed that the culprit was botulism toxin that got into to the nacho cheese dip. This odorless and tasteless toxin is often fatal.
He was known as a “great father” who was great not only with his own kids but also his nephews, according to his older brother.
Botulism leads to paralysis, breathing difficulty and in severe cases, death. Survivors have to spend weeks to months on ventilators. They are currently on an anti-toxin from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC).
From Fox News:
“That’s the scary thing about botulism — it’s odorless and tasteless,” Bill Marler, an attorney representing six of the victims, told KTVU. “The most likely thing is that it happened in some error at the assembly line at the cheese manufacturer.” Gehl Foods of Wisconsin CEO Eric Beringhause told KTVU in a statement that the company’s facilities are safe and the company is working with investigators to determine what caused the outbreak. Tests by state health officials confirmed the botulism toxin in the nacho cheese, which was manufactured by Gehl Foods of Wisconsin, and officials say the affected product was removed from the gas station May 5. Matt Conens, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health, declined to comment on the status of the gas station or if authorities were investigating the plant that the dip came from, KTVU reported.