A list of over 90 brands of canned foods including stews, chilis, and dog food have been recalled due to a threat of botulism exposure. Botulism is a nerve toxin that can cause paralysis of the muscles and respiratory system. The canned goods were all produced by Castleberry Food Co. at their plant in Augusta, Georgia.
“You’re talking tens of millions of cans that may have been involved,” said Robert Brackett of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
The company has hired an outside firm to visit 8,500 retailers in an effort to get recalled products off shelves quickly.
Four cases of botulism have been reported — two in Indiana and two in Texas. All four people ate Hot Dog Chili Sauce Original, a Castleberry’s product.
The FDA has warned consumers to remove the product from their pantry shelves, double bag it in a garbage bag and throw it away. A list of all the affected foods can be found at www.castleberrys.com/news_productrecall.asp.
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