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FDA Warns: Botulism Risk in Certain Castleberry Food Products

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After four reported cases of botulism poisoning in Indiana, Castleberry Food Company is recalling several products manufactured at their Georgia plant and under various other brand names.

The recalled products include: hot dog chili sauce, beef stew, chili with and without beans, corned beef has, barbeque pork and barbecue sauce and Natural Balance canned dog food. You can find a complete listing on Castleberry’s website.

Castleberry is cooperating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assure recall effectiveness.

Foodborne botulism is rare but serious and it can be triggered by consuming foods that contain botulinum toxin, a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Symptoms include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, or muscle weakness. If untreated, the illness may progress from head to toe, with paralysis of the face, arms, breathing muscles, trunk and legs.

Symptoms generally begin 18 to 36 hours after eating a contaminated food, but they can occur as early as six hours or as late as 10 days.

Anyone displaying possible symptoms should seek medial attention immediately.