Botulism Recall Widened
Food Company Recalls More Than 90 Canned Products for People and Pets
July 23, 2007 -- Botulism risk has spurred the FDA and Castleberry's Food
Co. to widen Castleberry's canned goods recall.
The recall now includes more than 80 canned goods for people and four
products for pets. All of those products are made by Castleberry's Food Co.,
but they bear various brand names.
The FDA and Castleberry's first announced a botulism-related recall on July
18 after four people -- two in Texas and two in Indiana -- became seriously ill
and were hospitalized with botulism poisoning after eating Castleberry's Hot
Dog Chili Sauce.
As of yesterday, no new human cases of botulism poisoning associated with
Castleberry's products had been reported to the CDC. Castleberry's is widening
the recall as a precaution.
Earlier, the recall only included products with certain "Best By"
dates printed on the cans. But now, the recall includes all of the products
listed by Castleberry's, regardless of "Best By" date.
Botulism is a severe form of food poisoning, often fatal if not treated
quickly. Botulism is caused by bacterium that produces a toxin, and it is
sometimes present in improperly canned or preserved foods. The four recent
cases of botulism poisoning were the first in decades that were associated with
commercial canned goods.
Botulism Risk: Consumer Advice
People with any of the recalled products or foods made from those products
should throw them away immediately, even if the products don't look or smell
spoiled. A full list of recalled products appears at the end of this
The FDA recommends double bagging the cans in plastic bags, closing the bags
tightly, and putting the bags in a trash can for nonrecyclable trash outside
the home. Wash your hands with soap and running water for at least two minutes
Castleberry's Food Company is located in Augusta, Ga. Its products were in
the U.S. and Canada.
For more information, including details about product refunds, contact
Castleberry's consumer information hotline at (888) 203-8446 or (800)
Botulism Poisoning Symptoms in People
Symptoms of botulism poisoning in humans can begin from six hours to 10 days after
eating food that contains the botulism toxin.
Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids,
slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, 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 paralyze the breathing muscles, which can be
fatal unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is
People who show these symptoms and who may have recently eaten one of the
recalled products should seek immediate medical attention.