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Botulism-Prompted Food Recall Expanded

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News Release
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 the cans.

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 and www.usda.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.

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(News Media: for more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7524.)

Last updated April 23, 2012