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Certain Canned Meat Products Pose Botulism Threat

July 25, 2007

U.S. health officials have issued an urgent warning to consumers and retailers about more than 90 types of canned meat products from Castleberry’s Food Company that may be contaminated with botulism.

An Indiana couple and two children in Texas were hospitalized this summer with botulism poisoning.  All four were reported to have consumed Castleberry’s brand Hot Dog Chili Sauce the day before their illnesses began.

Botulism is a serious illness that can be fatal. Symptoms can include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness.  People who experience these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

The Castleberry’s recall includes the hot dog chili sauce, as well as canned chili, beef stew, and corned beef hash. 

The products are sold under a variety of brand names:  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 is also for all varieties of Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs, a pet food manufactured by Castleberry’s.

Consumers and retailers should check all canned goods carefully for recalled products listed on the Castleberry’s website.


  •  Do not open or use recalled products even if the food appears to look and smell good. 
  •  Throw away any food that was made with these products. 
  •  Do not feed product to pets. 
  •  Remove label to ensure that product is not redirected to family, friends, or food pantries.
  •  Double wrap product in plastic bags and tightly close before placing in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash. 


  •  If you find recalled products, remove labels and place product in a trash compacter for non-recyclable trash, or if cans are being held for return to distributors, carefully segregate and mark: DANGER – DO NOT USE OR SELL.
  •  Post a consumer alert at the point of sale for consumers who may have previously purchased any of the recalled products.

Additional health and safety information, as well as instructions for safe disposal of recalled products, can be found at www.cdc.gov/botulism/botulism.htm.  The Castleberry’s consumer hotline is 888-203-8446.


Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer

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