The Georgia Department of Agriculture is assisting federal agencies with the hot dog chili sauces recall issued Wednesday night for suspected Botulism, Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said.
We have all suspect products on hold at the Castleberry Food Company Augusta plant, Irvin said. And we are working with the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies to investigate the cause of the contamination and the scope of the distribution.
Castleberry Food Company voluntarily issued a recall last night for 10-ounce cans of Castleberrys Hot Dog Chili Sauce, UPC 3030000101; Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, UPC 3030099533; Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, UPC 1111083942.
All of the canned hot dog chili sauces had best by dates from April 30, 2009 through May 22, 2009 on the can lids.
Consumers who have any of the recalled products or any foods made with these products should throw them away immediately. If the best by date is missing or unreadable, consumers should throw the product out.
Two children in Texas and an Indiana couple who ate these
products became ill and were hospitalized.
Symptoms of botulism poisoning can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin.
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.
Botulism poisoning can also cause paralysis of the breathing muscles which can result in death unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided.
The Food and Drug Administration asks consumers with inquiries to call:
Castleberry asks that consumers with any questions or concerns about the recall to contact Jamie Leicht of Fleishman Hillard at 1-888-203-8446.