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Botulism Risk Sparks Chili Sauce Recall

4 People Hospitalized; Company Recalls 10 Canned Products Due to Possible Botulism Contamination
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Botulism Symptoms

Symptoms of food-borne botulism poisoning can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the botulism toxin.

Botulism poisoning 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, and so on.

Botulism poisoning can also paralyze the breathing muscles, which can be fatal unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided.

Individuals who show any botulism poisoning symptoms and who may have recently eaten the recalled products should immediately seek medical attention.

Botulism doesn't spread from person to person. Food-borne botulism can occur in all age groups.

Refund for Recalled Products

Castleberry's Food Company is based in Augusta, Ga. Its products were distributed nationally, so Castleberry's urges consumers nationwide to check the "Best By" dates on the affected products.

Consumers may remove the label on the cans and take the labels back to their grocery store for a full refund. Only the label is needed for the refund; consumers should throw the recalled cans out, open or not, even if the product doesn't look or smell spoiled.

Castleberry's is cooperating with investigators from the FDA, CDC, and other government officials. Consumers can call the FDA at (888) SAFEFOOD.

Castleberry's recommends consumers with any questions or concerns about this recall should call the company's consumer hotline at (888) 203-8446. The FDA says consumers may also call the FDA's food hotline at (888) SAFEFOOD.

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