The ongoing Castleberry canned food recall involves 25 different brands of chili, beef stew, corned beef hash and flavors of canned dog food. More than 80 products are included in this recall, and most products will not have the Castleberry name on the label. A list of the recalled products is available online at http://www.fsis.usda.gov.
State and local officials continue to remove recalled product from store shelves. Other areas where the product may be used include sporting events, family outings and youth events. If you see these recalled products in any food establishment, report it to the store manager and the local health department. Establishments where you may encounter these products include food pantries, flea markets, convenience stores, food banks, independent grocers, day cares and nursing homes.
Botulism is a serious and sometimes fatal disease, so it is vitally important that you take the right steps to remove these products from your home or store shelves, Linda Sewall, Greene County health director, said. There have been no cases of botulism reported in association with this recall in our county or state. I want to keep it that way. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out but do it wisely.
If you have an unopened can of one of the recalled products, do not open or puncture the can. Place the can in a sealable bag, wrap two additional plastic bags around it and tape is tightly. Return the product to the store where it was purchased, or dispose of it in a trash receptacle with lid for non-recyclable trash outside the home and out of reach of humans and pets. Wash hands with soap and running water for at least two minutes.
The Health Director also reminds residents to use extreme caution and care when disposing of opened or leaky cans. She states that a good rule of thumb is to wear rubber or latex gloves and eye protection when placing the product in sealable, plastic bag and disposing of it in a trash receptacle with lid.
Opened, leaking or bulging cans require extra care be taken when handling. If the product is still in the can, follow the directions for disposal of non-opened cans. If the product has been removed from the can or used in the preparation of a food, dispose of the container in the same manner as required for can products. Sponges, cloths, rags and gloves that may have come into contact with contaminated food or containers should be discarded with the food in the non-recyclable trash.
Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin. Symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness. The illness can cause paralysis, respiratory failure and death. Symptoms usually occur from 18 to 36 hours after eating contaminated food.
More than 80 products canned at the Castleberry’s Food Co. plant in Augusta, Ga., are included in this recall, which was announced July 18 after four cases of botulism were confirmed in Texas and Indiana. Since the recall was expanded July 21, there has been another case in California and unconfirmed cases in Hawaii and New Mexico.
For further information on the recalled products, please contact your local health department at (252) 747-8183. Information about botulism or disposal guidelines can be obtained online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, http://www.cdc.gove/botulism. Information about the recall can be obtained on the following Web sites.
Castleberry s Foods http://www.castleberrys.com/new_productrecall.asp
U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_033_2007_expanded/index.asp
U.S. Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov
Pamela, I had seen an article a few days ago. Castleberry had voluntarily extended the recall. I think the goal is to remove all old product fom sale.
They did have a recall this past summer on Castleberry’s and all the other names they make the sauce for.
I saw several weeks ago they (Castleberry’s) has the sauce back for sale in stores. They have a totally
new lable and here is the link: http://www.castleberrys.com/ProductsReintroduced.asp
Did anybody see the big recall on all their product line? I remember a post where they reccommended their Coney sauce? This might sound old but I just saw it yesterday when they again volntarily extended the recall.
I remember the pizza recall/Someome posted it and we had one in the freezer. Thanks for that.
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