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July 19, 2007: Four Hospitalized with Botulism Linked to Hot Dog Chili Sauce

An adult couple from Indiana and two young siblings from Texas have been hospitalized with botulism. The illness appears to be linked to hot dog chili sauce, which has been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer. The four individuals, while seriously ill, are expected to survive.

Chili Sauce Botulism Recall

The recall covers 10-ounce cans of Castleberry’s, Austex and Kroger brands of hot dog chili sauce. The “best by” dates on the cans fall between April 30, 2009, and May 22, 2009. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release on this recall, dated July 18, also provides UPC codes for the products.

The FDA is investigating Castleberry’s Augusta, Georgia, plant where the chili sauce was canned. Castleberry is owned by Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC.

Previous Botulism Outbreaks

Medical epidemiologist Dr. Michael Lynch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that the last case of botulism connected with commercially canned products occurred in the U.S. in the 1970s. Cases of botulism reported during the intervening years generally have concerned home-canned foods, he said.

Botulism and Botulism Symptoms

Botulism is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulism is a serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin, which blocks nerve function, leading to respiratory and musculoskeletal paralysis. The illness is most typically characterized by double vision, inability to swallow, difficulty speaking, and inability to breathe. Botulism can be fatal.

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