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Old 07-20-2007, 03:27 PM   #1
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Risk of Botulism in Hotdog Chili Sauce

Risk of Botulism Poisoning - Chili Products sold Nationally

Affected units were sold nationally and consumers in all parts of the country should check the label and "Best By" date on the bottom of the cans.

Two children in Texas and an Indiana couple who ate these products became
seriously ill and have been hospitalized. Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should not eat them and throw them away immediately. List of products from The U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

10 ounce cans of Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030000101)
Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030099533)
Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 1111083942)

Full report.

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Old 07-20-2007, 03:32 PM   #2
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Yes - saw that in yesterday's news. The recall also includes several brands of canned corned beef hash as well - I imagine because they were processed at the same plants.

If you have any canned hot dog chili sauce or corned beef hash in your cupboard, it would probably behoove you to do a search on the recall just in case.
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Old 07-21-2007, 09:16 AM   #3
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Alix said it would be okay to cut & paste the full list - as of yesterday - as to what's been recalled so far with reference to this botulism scare - just in case any of you have any of these items in your pantry:

"The recall covers the following universal product codes:

_Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000101)

_Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10-ounce can (UPC 3030099533)

_Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10-ounce can (UPC 1111083942)

_Morton House Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 7526665830)

_Cattle Drive Chili With Beans, 15-ounce can (UPC 3030001515)

_Southern Home Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 0788015360)

_Meijer Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 4125095229)

_Castleberrys Chili With Beans, 15-ounce can (UPC 3030001015)

_Castleberrys Barbecue Pork, 10-ounce can (UPC 3030000402)

_Bunker Hill Chili No Beans, 10-ounce can (UPC 7526604112).

Consumers with questions may call the company toll-free at 888-203-8446.

On the Net:

Castleberry's Food Co.:
http://www.castleberrys.com/

CDC botulism information: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/botulism/index.asp"
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:26 AM   #4
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Thanks Breezy. Now everyone go check your pantry and clear out anything tainted, we don't want anyone here getting sick!
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:35 AM   #5
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This is the first time I've viewed this thread, mainly because we never have either of those items in our pantry. Still don't. But it's interesting to see how many brands are on the list. Hope everyone heeds the warning and stays safe.
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:30 AM   #6
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**IMPORTANT UPDATE**

The company has now increased the recall to 80 items - now including canned chili, gravies, beef stews, & gourmet dog food. Apparently, they've now traced the botulism to a production line that wasn't processing the food at a high enough temperature. So they're now recalling anything & everything that was processed through that line of machinery. Scary - very scary.

Anyway, the list is now too long to post here, but I suggest you visit the Castleberry website (link is in my previous post) & quickly peruse the list in case you might have one of those items in your cupboard - which should then be tossed or returned to the store of purchase.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:49 PM   #7
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When you open a can how can you tell if there is botulism?
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:47 PM   #8
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When you open a can how can you tell if there is botulism?
You can't. It is odorless, tasteless, and offers no visual signs of its existence. It just kills. Less than a teaspoon will kill 100,000 people easily. You may also know a weaker derivative of it -- Botox.
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Can may be swollen, or release pressure when opened.
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:20 AM   #10
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When you open a can how can you tell if there is botulism?
Any low acid, high water, canned food can produce botulism toxin if not properly processed. The only viable way to kill the spores is through high pressure/high heat canning.

When that process breaks down at a processing plant, everything off that line is suspect.

Often the breakdown is caught and a recall is effected for "potential" botulism, as with the bean recall earlier this year.

Unfortunately, there is little we can do to protect ourselves except to stay away from canned foods that have the potential to contain the organism.

I'm not suggesting that. Your odds of getting botulism are less than getting hit by lightning.
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