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Hold the chili sauce, FDA says

July 22, 2007|From Times Wire Services

Federal health officials warned consumers last week to throw away certain cans of hot dog chili sauce after the product was linked to botulism that sent four people to the hospital.

The warning applies to 10-ounce cans of Castleberry's, Austex and Kroger brands of hot dog chili sauce with expiration dates between April 30 and May 22, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration said.

In a related move, Castleberry's recalled 721,389 pounds of canned corned beef hash, chili and pork in barbecue sauce because those products also may be contaminated by botulism.

* Baby food company Gerber is recalling about 500,000 packs of organic rice and oatmeal cereal because of a risk that babies might choke on the product. Gerber, owned by Swiss drug group Novartis, said there was a danger that lumps of the cereal might not dissolve properly in milk or water. The packages were distributed in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

* About 13,000 Soldier Bear brand toy sets, manufactured in China, have been recalled because paint on the surface of the figures contains high levels of lead. No injuries have been reported. The recall includes various styles of the following toys: HEROES Dino Mega Cruiser, Dinosaur Adventure Set, Wild Animal Adventure Set and HEROES Vehicle Play Set.

* Toshiba Corp. is asking consumers to return 5,100 defective notebook computer batteries made by Sony Corp., adding to as many as 670,000 recalled in September because of fire risks. The batteries are in five of Toshiba's domestic Dynabook models.

* Black & Decker Corp. is recalling about 202,000 GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmer/Edgers because pieces of the product can come loose during use and become projectiles. The item can also overheat.

* Nissin Foods Co. of Gardena is recalling some of its shrimp-flavored noodle products because a powder used in the products contains cod and lobster, which can cause a severe or life-threatening reaction in people who are allergic to the fish. The recalled products were sold under the names Nissin Original Chow Mein Shrimp and Nissin Cup Noodles Shrimp.

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