WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials are warning consumers
to throw out certain cans of hot dog chili sauce after four people
were hospitalized with botulism.
The Food and Drug Administration says the warning applies to
ten-ounce cans of Castleberry's, Austex and Kroger brands of hot
dog chili sauce with "best by" dates from April 30, 2009, through
May 22, 2009.
Two Texas children and an adult couple from Indiana were
The products were made by the Castleberry's Food Company, owned
by Bumble Bee Seafoods. The F-D-A has sent experts to a
Castleberry's plant in Georgia where the products were canned.
Botulism is a rare, muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin.
An F-D-A official says the toxin is so potent that if it gets on
people's hands or face, it can make them ill.
The recall covers the following universal product codes:
-- Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000101)
-- Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10-ounce can (UPC 3030099533)
-- Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10-ounce can (UPC 1111083942)
-- Morton House Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 7526665830)
-- Cattle Drive Chili With Beans, 15-ounce can (UPC 3030001515)
-- Southern Home Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 0788015360)
-- Meijer Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 4125095229)
-- Castleberrys Chili With Beans, 15-ounce can (UPC 3030001015)
-- Castleberrys Barbecue Pork, 10-ounce can (UPC 3030000402)
-- Bunker Hill Chili No Beans, 10-ounce can (UPC 7526604112).
Consumers with questions may call the company toll-free at