Health Department Advises Vermonters to Continue to Check for Recalled Canned Food

For Immediate Release: Sept. 13, 2007
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is advising consumers to continue to check for canned products manufactured by the Castleberry Food Company of Augusta, GA that were part of a national U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning.

Eight confirmed outbreak-associated cases of botulism linked to consumption of hot dog chili sauce made by Castleberry's Food Company have been identified in Indiana, Texas and Ohio.

“The recall is not complete, some cans of the Castlebury food are still being discovered in Vermont by compliance officers with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture,” said Beth Cheng Tolmie, food and lodging programs chief for the Vermont Department of Health. “Botulism can be fatal and we want consumers and retailers to continue to avoid and discard the products to prevent anyone from becoming ill.”

Foodborne botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by foods that contain botulinum toxin, a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

Symptoms of botulism may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. Anyone who has eaten these products and is experiencing symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

An updated list of the recalled products was posted online on September 4 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website at: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/castleberry.html#recall

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