FDA issues massive recall of Castleberry's food products

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Nutrition: Health

A few days ago, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning for consumers regarding 10 ounce cans of Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, and Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce with "best by" dates from April 30, 2009 through May 22, 2009 due to possible botulism contamination.

Today, that warning was expanded to include even more canned food products and dog food produced by Castleberry's Food Company of Augusta, Ga. "This is a very big recall," said David Elder of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's office of regulatory affairs, deeming it an "urgent public health matter."

Botulism is potentially fatal and symptoms include dizziness, double vision, difficulty in breathing and abdominal problems. Several people have become seriously ill with botulism after eating food produced at Castleberry's plant.

This expanded warning involves more than 80 types of stew, chili, hash and other products as well as pet food sold under a variety of brand names. Food regulators are asking retailers and consumers to dispose of these cans immediately.

For more information, including a complete list of recalled products, visit Castleberry's website or call them at 1-800-203-4412 or 1-888-203-8446.

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