July 23, 2007
A nationwide recall, announced last week, of hot dog chili sauce and other
items made by Castleberry Food Products, Augusta, Ga., was expanded during the
weekend and now includes some 80 canned food products and four pet food items.
The expanded list of recalled products is available at www.castleberrys.com.
All products on the list are being recalled regardless of “best by” dates on
Consumers should not eat any of the recalled products or feed them to pets
and should discard any they have on hand.
The initial recall, announced last week by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration and the company, was done because of possible contamination with
the organism that causes botulism, a serious paralytic illness.
More information about the recall also is available at www.fda.gov
Four people, including two from Texas, became ill after consuming hot dog
chili sauce made by the company.
Anyone with symptoms of botulism should seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred
speech, difficulty swallowing and muscle weakness that moves progressively down
the body. Botulism can cause paralysis of the breathing muscles, which can be
deadly without prompt medical attention.
(News Media: for more information contact
Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7524.)