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2007/07/19 07:49:59 (permalink)

Botulusm in canned chili

We as mods don't usually allow double postings but I feel this needs to be fully exposed.

Castleberry chili is being recalled after reports of 4 people gettin sick with botulism.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=3392155

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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/19 09:14:12 (permalink)

    Mike
    I am glad there is a photo of the can in the article you linked to your post. I had the image of the bottled ketchup-like substance called Chile-Sauce in mind when I first heard the story this morning. The picture of the CAN and LABEL helps !!
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/19 10:28:30 (permalink)
    Since at the end of the article they list other products (besides the hot dog chili sauce) which were also recalled, I thought it best to list them all here:

    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).
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/19 12:28:14 (permalink)
    Good looking out with the repost! Castleberrys is a pretty common 'cheap' sauce.. Normally my crutch when I'm too lazy to make my own sauce. (Not to mention it's super low cost @ around 50 cents a can).
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/19 16:53:23 (permalink)
    I just checked the wife had 8 cans of chili sauce all 8 with the UPC.



    That will teach her not to eat my chili!
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/19 17:10:40 (permalink)
    I make my own chili (with some help from Lone Star and Bushie) and make my own corned beef hash (thanks to working in an Irish restaurant in Boston). The only thing I usually buy canned is crushed tomatoes.
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/20 22:37:49 (permalink)
    Morton House was the brand of dog sauce, ground beans in beef tallow with spices, at Save-a-Lot, 3 cans for a buck. Thankfully SaL changed vendors about a year ago. Kroger wanted about .75 a can for Morton House. Save is up to 2 for a buck now.
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/21 03:35:52 (permalink)
    I have 2 cans of Castleberry's BBQ pork. 10oz. UPC is same on every can. The dates on mine differ from recalled cans. Still unsure if i should risk it. Kinda funny, i just brought these back in a suitcase from SC a week ago.
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/21 06:16:50 (permalink)
    UPC codes remain the same, for life.. It's the date you need to watch for. If yours don't fall into the recall time frame, you should be safe there.. Only thing that changes in their item numbers, is the production (lot) code, and of course, manufacture dates.

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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/21 09:55:55 (permalink)
    Thank goodness not Bushes.
    We like the little jarred ones.
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/21 10:44:27 (permalink)
    We just used 4 cans of the hot dog chili sauce last week; thank goodness, no one got sick. We have such faith in our food sources, this shakes it up somewhat.

    Tom
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/22 10:39:48 (permalink)
    Castleberry has expanded it's recall. Below are a few listed in the article... (This is effective as of yesterday).
    http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6822709

    Brand names of the recalled products include Austex, Best Yet, Big Y, Black Rock, Bloom, Bryan, Bunker Hill, Castleberry's, Cattle Drive, Firefighters, Food Club, Food Lion, 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.
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/22 10:45:15 (permalink)
    Ha. Another Georgia recall. First peanut butter, now this? This ain't funny for us down here.
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/22 11:01:14 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Adjudicator

    Ha. Another Georgia recall. First peanut butter, now this? This ain't funny for us down here.

    Please don't screw up the peaches...
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/22 11:04:51 (permalink)
    Here's the complete list from Castleberrys website:

    Complete List of Recalled Items
    Brand Product Can Size UPC Barcode
    Austex Beef Stew 15oz 30300 90815
    Austex Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 91015
    Austex Chili with Beans 19oz 30300 92519
    Austex Chili no Beans 15oz 30300 97715
    Austex Chili no Beans 19oz 30300 97719
    Austex Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 30300 97101
    Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 30300 99533
    Best Yet Chili with Beans 15oz 4218740842
    Best Yet Corned Beef Hash 15oz 4217841082
    Big Y Chili with Beans 15oz 18894 80425
    Big Y Chili no Beans 15oz 18894 80424
    Big Y Corned Beef Hash 15oz 18894 80225
    Black Rock Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 01715
    Bloom Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 25439 92448
    Bryan Chili no Beans 10oz 53400 35264
    Bryan Chili no Beans 15oz 53401 30200
    Bryan Chili with Beans 15oz 53400 30205
    Bryan Corned Beef Hash 15oz 53400 30110
    Bryan Hot Dog Chili Sauce with Beef 10oz 53400 30010
    Bunker Hill Chili no Beans 10oz 75266 04112
    Bunker Hill Spicier Chili no Beans 10oz 75266 04224
    Bunker Hill Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 75266 04152
    Castleberry's Barbecue Pork in Barbecue Sauce 10oz 30300 00402
    Castleberry's Barbecue Pork in Barbecue Sauce 14.5oz 30300 00415
    Castleberry's Barbecue Beef 10oz 30300 00602
    Castleberry's Beef Stew 15oz 30300 00815
    Castleberry's Brunswick Beef Stew Chicken & Beef 15oz 30300 00315
    Castleberry's Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 01015
    Castleberry's Chili no Beans 10oz 30300 07701
    Castleberry's Chili no Beans 15oz 30300 07715
    Castleberry's Corned Beef Hash 15oz 30300 00915
    Castleberry's Creamed Chip Beef Gravy 10oz 30300 05150
    Castleberry's Georgia Hash 15oz 30300 00215
    Castleberry's Hot Chili with Beans 15oz 3030007217
    Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 3030007218
    Castleberry's Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 30300 07101
    Castleberry's Sausage Gravy 10oz 30300 05130
    Cattle Drive Beef Stew 15oz 30300 01530
    Cattle Drive Chicken Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 01525
    Cattle Drive Chili no Beans 15oz 30300 01520
    Cattle Drive Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 01515
    Firefighters Chicken Chili with Beans 15oz 73725 00413
    Firefighters Chili with Beans 15oz 73725 00411
    Firefighters Chili no Beans 15oz 73725 00412
    Food Club Corned Beef Hash 15oz 36800 80204
    Food Club Chili with Beans 15oz 36800 80504
    Food Club Chili no Beans 15oz 36800 80404
    Food Lion Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 35826 06911
    Goldstar Original Chili 10oz 24575 00001
    Goldstar Chili 15oz 24575 00005
    Goldstar Tex-Mex Chili with Beans 15oz 24575 00008
    Great Value Hot Chili with Beans 15oz 81131 79995
    Great Value Chili with Beans 15oz 81131 79994
    Kroger Chili with Beans 15oz 11110 83930
    Kroger Chili no Beans 15oz 11110 83908
    Kroger Beef Stew 15oz 11110 83928
    Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 11110 83942
    Lowes Foods Chili with Beans 15oz 41643 01097
    Lowes Foods Chili no Beans 15oz 41643 01092
    Lowes Foods Corned Beef Hash 15oz 41643 01094
    Meijer Chili with Beans 15oz 41250 95221
    Meijer Chili no Beans 15oz 41250 95220
    Meijer Corned Beef Hash 15oz 41250 95229
    Meijer Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 41250 85862
    Morton House Chili With Beans Beef & Chicken 15oz 75266 65829
    Morton House Chili With Beans Beef & Chicken 15oz 75266 65993
    Morton House Corned Beef Hash 15oz 75266 65830
    Paramount Chili with Beans 15oz 75266 00732
    Paramount Chili no Beans 15oz 75266 00731
    Paramount Hot Dog Chili Sauce 15oz 75266 00510
    Paramount Chili Hot Dog Chili 15oz 75266 00526
    Piggly Wiggly Chili no Beans 10oz 41290 37355
    Piggly Wiggly Chili no Beans 15oz 41290 37354
    Piggly Wiggly Chili with Beans 15oz 41290 37252
    Piggly Wiggly Corned Beef Hash 15oz 41290 37357
    Prudence Corned Beef Hash 15oz 41141 00015
    Southern Home Chili no Beans 10oz 38259 48713
    Southern Home Chili no Beans 15oz 07880 15340
    Southern Home Chili with Beans 15oz 07880 15341
    Southern Home Corned Beef Hash 15oz 07880 15359
    Steak 'n Shake Chili with Beans 10oz 51844 00120
    Thrifty Maid Chili with Beans 15oz 21140 21370
    Thrifty Maid Corned Beef Hash 15oz 21140 21375
    Thrifty Maid Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 21140 21367
    Triple Bar Chili no Beans 15oz 30300 05805
    Triple Bar Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 05804
    Triple Bar Chili with Beans Slow Cooked 15oz 30300 05801
    Value Time Beef and Chicken Chili with Beans 15oz 11225 42159

    Canned Pet Food Products

    Brand Product Can Size UPC Barcode
    Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs Irish Stew With Beef,
    Potatoes & Carrots 15oz 23633 59860
    Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs Chinese Take Out With
    Sauce With Vegetables and Chicken 15oz 23633 59861
    Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs HOBO Chili with
    Chicken & Pasta 15oz 23633 59863
    Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs Southern Style Dumplings
    With Chicken & Vegetables 15oz 23634 59862
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/22 11:05:21 (permalink)
    quote:
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    quote:
    Originally posted by Adjudicator

    Ha. Another Georgia recall. First peanut butter, now this? This ain't funny for us down here.

    Please don't screw up the peaches...



    Hey Vic!

    Bought some peaches @ the grocery store the other day. They were good as hell. Each one had a little sticker on it that said: "Produced in Argentina"...
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/22 11:40:20 (permalink)
    Joe, sure hope you enjoy ingesting all them pesticides... ARGHHH...
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/22 12:02:12 (permalink)
    You bet! My sixth finger is now growing quite rapidly out of the side of my left hind leg!
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/22 13:37:03 (permalink)
    quote:
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    You bet! My sixth finger is now growing quite rapidly out of the side of my left hind leg!

    I noticed a funny glow on my skin when I got out of the shower this morning.." />
    Hmmm.........
    Adj, we must've got them from the same place.......
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/23 01:56:55 (permalink)
    Just so you all know, botulinum toxin (not the spores, though) is heat labile which means anything you cook thoroughly shouldn't hurt you. I'm not suggesting ignoring the recall, but just trying to reassure everyone in case you are worried.
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/23 03:56:30 (permalink)
    I see that they make dog food too! " />
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/23 14:02:00 (permalink)
    Will this cause another big push to irradiate all foods, or are we already doing that?
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/23 14:38:54 (permalink)
    Irradiate wouldn't have helped here. Problem started on the processing line (improper canning).
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/23 18:57:46 (permalink)
    Terrorism isn't the only dire threat we're dealing with...Our own food will get us !
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/23 19:00:05 (permalink)
    I once told someone, "I wouldn't eat canned chili if my life depended on it". Well, now I guess it would.
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/23 19:02:08 (permalink)
    quote:
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    Irradiate wouldn't have helped here. Problem started on the processing line (improper canning).



    It might depending on when they do it. Botulism in adults is caused by botulinum toxin (the same stuff they inject as Botox in minute amounts). The problem starts when clostridium botulinum (a common bacteria present in soil) spores get canned along with the food. These spores are hard to kill and if the subsequent canning process is defective--usually not enough heat for long enough--the spores can survive, germinate and start making toxin in the can. Radiation could probably kill the spores but if the food is irradiated and the spores are introduced later (as from contaminated production equipment) it wouldn't help. I'm not sure if the cans themselves, with the food inside, could be irradiated (whether the cans would shield the food), but if that can be done it certainly should kill the spores and stop them from making toxin.
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/23 22:13:26 (permalink)
    See today that FDA is saying how serious this recall is.. The biggest in 3 decades.

    A recall of canned meat products and dog food made at a Georgia plant due to botulism fears could involve tens of millions of cans that pose an urgent public health threat, U.S. officials said on Monday.

    U.S. food regulators appealed to consumers and retailers to find and dispose of the cans.

    Two people in Texas and two others in Indiana remain seriously ill and hospitalized with botulism poisoning associated with eating Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, officials said.

    "This is a very big recall," David Elder of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's office of regulatory affairs told reporters, deeming it an "urgent public health matter."
    "These products can hurt people. And they have to be off the store shelves. And consumers have to discard any that they have at home," Elder added.
    U.S. officials said an outbreak of botulism due to a commercially canned food is extremely rare and has not occurred in the United States in more than three decades.


    Rest of the story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070723/hl_nm/botulism_usa_dc
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/26 19:50:48 (permalink)
    And now it's getting even worse. The contaminated cans are starting to explode. (As a note, just touching the product can get you infected).. For those who still have a can in their cupboards are facing a bigger risk then before.
    http://www.thestarpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070726/NEWS06/70726024
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/26 20:51:17 (permalink)
    How long after eating the chili will symptoms show if you did unfortunately get one of the cans with the toxin in it? I saw on the news on July 18th about the recall, and that it only affected the hot dog chili sauce products so on the 19th I made chili dogs using a can of Austex 19 oz chili with no beans. The next day they had expanded the recall and I checked the UPC code and sure enough, its on the recall list. Its been a week now and luckily no symptoms but how long do I need to be on the lookout for symptoms?

    Whats sad is normally I never use canned chili and when I do its always Wolf brand chili but they had austex on sale and I just thought I'd try it to see if it was any good. Serves me right I guess!
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    RE: Botulusm in canned chili 2007/07/26 20:54:45 (permalink)
    Again, UPC code will be the same on the can you bought 2 years ago, to the one compared to today. What you want to look is at the date codes of manufacture. This is where the recall is focused on.
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