Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat certain canned products manufactured by Castleberry Foods due to possible contamination with the toxin that causes botulism poisoning. The products are labeled with different brand names. One of the products, Castleberry Hot Dog Chili Sauce, has been associated with four illnesses in Texas and Indiana. The additional products listed are included in the recall because they may pose a similar risk. No illnesses have been reported in California.
The recalled products were sold in supermarkets and club stores throughout the United States and Canada. According to preliminary distribution information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 15-ounce cans of Castleberry’s Chili with Beans were distributed to Costco stores in Southern California. CDPH will continue to work with FDA to determine if any additional products subject to this voluntary recall were distributed elsewhere in California.
Castleberry Foods, based in Augusta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling the following products:
Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000101),
Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030099533),
Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 1111083942),
Morton House Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 7526665830),
Cattle Drive Chili with Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001515),
Southern Home Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 0788015360),
Meijer Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 4125095229),
Castleberry's Chili with Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001015),
Castleberry's Barbecue Pork, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000402) and
Bunker Hill Chili No Beans, 10 oz can (UPC 7526604112).
This recall only affects products with a "best by" date of APR30 2009 through MAY22 2009. The "best by" date can be found either on the top or bottom of the can.
Symptoms of botulism poisoning can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness that moves progressively down the body, affecting the shoulders first then descending to the upper arms, lower arms, thighs, calves, etc. Botulism poisoning can also cause paralysis of the breathing muscles which can result in death unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided. Individuals who show these symptoms and who may have recently eaten the recalled products should seek immediate medical attention.
Consumers who purchased any of the recalled products should discard the contents or return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with additional questions should contact the company at 212-453-2202.