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Georgia Processor Expands Canned Meat Recall After Botulism Scare

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Georgia meat processor expanded its recall
of canned meat products that may be connected to a botulism
outbreak.

Castleberry's Food of Augusta recalled more than 80 types of
canned chili, beef stew, corned beef hash and other meat products.
That's in addition to the 10 brands it had recalled Thursday.

Cans of chili sauce made at the Castleberry's plant were found in the homes of an Indiana couple and two children in Texas who had been hospitalized with botulism. All four are expected to survive.

Botulism is a muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin made by a bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Such bacteria are commonly found in soil.

The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Thursday that an equipment malfunction may have been responsible for the contamination.

F.S.I.S says the malfunctions at the Augusta processing plant may have existed longer than initially estimated.

Brand names of the recalled products include Austex, Best Yet, Big Y, Black Rock, Bloom, Bryan, Bunker Hill, Castleberry's, Cattle Drive, Firefighters, Food Club, Food Lion, Goldstar, Great Value, Kroger, Lowes, Meijer, Morton House, Paramount, Piggly Wiggly, Prudence, Southern Home, Steak N Shake, Thrifty Maid, Triple Bar and Value Time.

The recall also includes four varieties of Natural Balance dog food.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Castleberry's at 1-888-203-8446.


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