Botulism Risk Sparks Chili Sauce Recall
4 People Hospitalized; Company Recalls 10 Canned Products Due to Possible Botulism Contamination
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
Individuals who show any botulism poisoning symptoms and who may have
recently eaten the recalled products should immediately seek medical
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.