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    FDA Expands Its Warning about the Risk of Botulism Poisoning From Certain Castleberry Food Products and Dog Food
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding its July 18 warning to consumers. This expansion is for consumers and pet owners regarding canned food products and dog food produced by Castleberry Food Company of Augusta, Ga., due to the risk of botulinum toxin. Castleberry is expanding the recall to include all of the following canned products with all “best by” and code dates, and FDA is warning consumers not to purchase or eat any of the canned products listed in the table below.

    Hot Dog Chili Sauces

    Austex Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce
    10 OZ

    Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce
    10 OZ

    Castleberry’s Hot Dog Chili Sauce
    10 OZ

    Castleberry’s Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce
    10 OZ

    Bunker Hill Hot Dog Chili Sauce
    10 OZ

    Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce
    10 OZ

    Meijer Hot Dog Chili Sauce
    10 OZ

    Food Lion Hot Dog Chili Sauce
    10 OZ

    Bloom Hot Dog Chili Sauce
    10 OZ

    Thrifty Maid Hot Dog Chili Sauce
    10 OZ

    Natural Balance Eatables dog food varieties:

    Irish Stew with Beef Dog Food
    15 OZ

    Chinese Take Out with Sauce with Vegetables and Chicken Dog Food
    15 OZ

    Southern Style Dumplings with Gravy with Chicken and Vegetables
    Dog Food
    15 OZ

    Hobo Chili with Chicken Pasta Dog Food
    15 OZ

    Exposure to botulinum toxin can be fatal and two people in Texas and two people in Indiana remain seriously ill and hospitalized with botulism poisoning associated with eating Castleberry’s Hot Dog Chili Sauce.

    While the previous recall and the known illnesses are linked to production dates of April 30 to May 22, 2007, the firm has extended the recall to include all products listed irrespective of “best by” date. The firm is cooperating with FDA in the recall of these products and has ceased processing and distribution.

    In addition, Castleberry is recalling other products containing meat, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is also warning the public not to eat certain brands of Castleberry products containing meat. The list of these USDA-regulated products can be viewed at this link to the USDA website: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_033_2007_Release/index.asp

    Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should throw them away immediately. Double bag the cans in plastic bags that are tightly closed then place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home. Additional instructions for safe disposal can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/botulism/botulism_faq.htm

    Retailers that have any of these products are asked to assure that they are removed from use and do not accidentally get reintroduced for sale, service or donation.

    The disease has only been seen occasionally in dogs and has not been reported in cats. Ferrets are highly susceptible to botulinum toxin. The incubation period can be 2 hours to 2 weeks; in most cases, the symptoms appear after 12 to 24 hours. Botulism is characterized by progressive motor paralysis. Typical clinical signs may include muscle paralysis, difficulty breathing, chewing and swallowing, visual disturbances and generalized weakness may also occur. Death usually results from paralysis of the respiratory or cardiac muscles. Pet owners who have used these products and whose pets have these symptoms should contact their veterinarian immediately. At this time we are not aware of pet illnesses associated with these products although we recommend that all these products should be discarded.


    Thanks Nana. seems like this is happening a lot.

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