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Botulism Warning From The Food And Drug Administration

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Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumer not to eat from 10 ounce cans of Castleberry´s Hot Dog Chili Sauce, Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce and Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce with “best by” dates from April 30, 2009 through May 22, 2009.

The F.D.A. is issuing this warning due to the possibility of botulism contamination. Two children in Texas and an Indiana couple who consumed these products became seriously ill and have been hospitalized.

Symptoms can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness that moves progressively down the body affecting the shoulders first and then descending to the upper arms, lower arms, thighs, calves and feet.

Castleberry Food Company, headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, has recalled all of the potentially contaminated products.

Written by Bill Johnson