FDA Announces Recall of Food Products Containing Botulism Bacteria

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a massive recall of a number of food products produced by Castleberry Food Co. in Augusta, Georgia. The recall has been issued because of the presence of botulism bacteria that was found in hot dog chili products. Botulism has not been found in U.S. food products in over three decades.

The tainted products were made by Castleberry Food Co., which is owned by Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC. The products affected by the recall were manufactured and canned in Augusta, Georgia.

Botulism is a bacteria which can lead to muscle paralysis, which can eventually cause a person to stop breathing and die unless supported by a ventilator. Most victims eventually recover after weeks to months of care. To date, four individuals have been hospitalized, but all are expected to pull through and survive.

Products included in the recall include 10-ounce cans of Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030000101), Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030099533), Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 1111083942), Castleberry's Barbecue Pork (UPC 3030000402) and Bunker Hill Chili No Beans (UPC 7526604112).

Also being recalled are 15-ounce cans of Morton House Corned Beef Hash (UPC 7526665830), Cattle Drive Chili with Beans (UPC 3030001515), Southern Home Corned Beef Hash (UPC 0788015360), Meijer Corned Beef Hash (UPC 4125095229) and Castleberry's Chili with Beans (UPC 3030001015).

Each of the recalled products have "best by" dates ranging from April 30, 2009 to May 22, 2009. The FDA advises anyone who has any of the products to discard them because of the possibility of botulism contamination.

If you have any questions or concerns, you are urged to contact the company at 888-203-8446.

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