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80 more meat products are recalled

July 22, 2007|From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A Georgia meat processor on Saturday expanded its recall of canned meat products that may be connected to a botulism outbreak.

Castleberry's Food Co. of Augusta recalled more than 80 products including canned chili, beef stew and corned beef hash in addition to the 10 it had recalled Thursday.

Cans of chili sauce made at the Castleberry's plant were found in the homes of an Indiana couple and two children in Texas hospitalized with botulism. All four are expected to survive.

Recalled brand names include Austex, Best Yet, Big Y, Black Rock, Bryan, Bunker Hill, Castle, Castleberry's, Cattle Drive, Firefighter, Food Club, Georgia, Goldstar, Great Value, Kroger, Lowes, Meijer, Morton House, Paramount, Piggly Wiggly, Prudence, Southern Home, Steak N Shake, Thrifty Maid, Triple Bar and Value Time. The recall also includes four varieties of Natural Balance dog food.

Botulism is a muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin made by a bacterium, Clostridium botulinum.

Such bacteria are commonly found in soil.

An equipment malfunction may be responsible for the product contamination.

Castleberry's, owned by San Diego-based Bumble Bee Seafoods, voluntarily expanded the recall.

Consumers with questions may contact Castleberry's at (888) 203-8446.

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