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Recall -- State Press Release



California Department of Public Health Announces San Diego Botulism Case
Possible Association with Recalled Chili Product


Suanne Buggy or Lea Brooks
(916) 440-7259


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Sacramento, CA -- July 27, 2007 -- Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today announced that a 51-year-old San Diego County woman has a confirmed case of botulism, a rare illness.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and CDPH are investigating whether the woman’s illness is associated with Castleberry Food canned products that were recently recalled due to possible contamination with the toxin that causes botulism. The woman reported purchasing and eating one of the products, Kroger Chili with Beans, prior to her illness in early July. She was hospitalized and is now recovering at home.

“The confirmed case of botulism poisoning in San Diego reminds us of the serious health risk posed by this toxin," Horton said. “Californians should remain vigilant about not consuming the recalled products. If you have the recalled product, discard it immediately."

Certain lots of Kroger Chili with Beans, in addition to a number of canned products under different brand names, were voluntarily recalled by Castleberry Food Co. of Augusta, Ga., last week. The recall followed reports of four illnesses of botulism in two states associated with the consumption of Castleberry Hot Dog Chili Sauce. The Kroger Chili with Beans product consumed by the San Diego County woman was thrown away before tests could be performed to determine if it was the definitive cause of the botulism.

Castleberry has recalled all products identified below, regardless of their “Best if Used by Date." The products are included in the recall because they may pose a risk. Recalled product was distributed to California club stores, drug stores, grocery markets, military base commissaries and discount retailers.

The recalled products are:



Can Size 

UPC Barcode 

AustexBeef Stew15oz30300 90815
AustexChili with Beans15oz30300 91015
AustexChili with Beans19oz30300 92519
AustexChili no Beans15oz30300 97715
AustexChili no Beans19oz30300 97719
AustexOnion Hot Dog Chili Sauce10oz30300 97101
AustexHot Dog Chili Sauce10oz30300 99533
Best YetChili with Beans15oz4218740842
Best YetCorned Beef Hash15oz4217841082
Big YChili with Beans15oz18894 80425
Big YChili no Beans15oz18894 80424
Big YCorned Beef Hash15oz18894 80225
Black RockChili with Beans15oz30300 01715
BloomHot Dog Chili Sauce10oz25439 92448
BryanChili no Beans10oz53400 35264
BryanChili no Beans15oz53401 30200
BryanChili with Beans15oz53400 30205
BryanCorned Beef Hash15oz53400 30110
BryanHot Dog Chili Sauce with Beef10oz53400 30010
Bunker HillChili no Beans10oz75266 04112
Bunker HillSpicier Chili no Beans10oz75266 04224
Bunker HillHot Dog Chili Sauce10oz75266 04152
Castleberry'sBarbecue Pork in Barbecue Sauce10oz30300 00402
Castleberry'sBarbecue Pork in Barbecue Sauce14.5oz30300 00415
Castleberry'sBarbecue Beef10oz30300 00602
Castleberry'sBeef Stew15oz30300 00815
Castleberry'sBrunswick Beef Stew Chicken & Beef15oz30300 00315
Castleberry'sChili with Beans15oz30300 01015
Castleberry'sChili no Beans10oz30300 07701
Castleberry'sChili no Beans15oz30300 07715
Castleberry'sCorned Beef Hash15oz30300 00915
Castleberry'sCreamed Chip Beef Gravy10oz30300 05150
Castleberry'sGeorgia Hash15oz30300 00215
Castleberry'sHot Chili with Beans15oz3030007217
Castleberry'sHot Dog Chili Sauce10oz3030007218
Castleberry'sOnion Hot Dog Chili Sauce10oz30300 07101
Castleberry'sSausage Gravy10oz30300 05130
Cattle DriveBeef Stew15oz30300 01530
Cattle DriveChicken Chili with Beans15oz30300 01525
Cattle DriveChili no Beans15oz30300 01520
Cattle DriveChili with Beans15oz30300 01515
FirefightersChicken Chili with Beans15oz73725 00413
FirefightersChili with Beans15oz73725 00411
FirefightersChili no Beans15oz73725 00412
Food ClubCorned Beef Hash15oz36800 80204
Food ClubChili with Beans15oz36800 80504
Food ClubChili no Beans15oz36800 80404
Food LionHot Dog Chili Sauce10oz35826 06911
GoldstarOriginal Chili10oz24575 00001
GoldstarChili15oz24575 00005
GoldstarTex-Mex Chili with Beans15oz24575 00008
Great Value (Canada Only)Hot Chili with Beans15oz81131 79995
Great Value (Canada Only)Chili with Beans15oz81131 79994
KrogerChili with Beans15oz11110 83930
KrogerChili no Beans15oz11110 83908
KrogerBeef Stew15oz11110 83928
KrogerHot Dog Chili Sauce10oz11110 83942
Lowes FoodsChili with Beans15oz41643 01097
Lowes FoodsChili no Beans15oz41643 01092
Lowes FoodsCorned Beef Hash15oz41643 01094
MeijerChili with Beans15oz41250 95221
MeijerChili no Beans15oz41250 95220
MeijerCorned Beef Hash15oz41250 95229
MeijerHot Dog Chili Sauce10oz41250 85862
Morton HouseChili With Beans Beef & Chicken15oz75266 65829
Morton HouseChili With Beans Beef & Chicken15oz75266 65993
Morton HouseCorned Beef Hash15oz75266 65830
ParamountChili with Beans15oz75266 00732
ParamountChili no Beans15oz75266 00731
ParamountHot Dog Chili Sauce15oz75266 00510
ParamountChili Hot Dog Chili15oz75266 00526
Piggly WigglyChili no Beans10oz41290 37355
Piggly WigglyChili no Beans15oz41290 37354
Piggly WigglyChili with Beans15oz41290 37252
Piggly WigglyCorned Beef Hash15oz41290 37357
PrudenceCorned Beef Hash15oz41141 00015
Southern HomeChili no Beans10oz38259 48713
Southern HomeChili no Beans15oz07880 15340
Southern HomeChili with Beans15oz07880 15341
Southern HomeCorned Beef Hash15oz07880 15359
Steak 'n ShakeChili with Beans10oz51844 00120
Thrifty MaidChili with Beans15oz21140 21370
Thrifty MaidCorned Beef Hash15oz21140 21375
Thrifty MaidHot Dog Chili Sauce10oz21140 21367
Triple BarChili no Beans15oz30300 05805
Triple BarChili with Beans15oz30300 05804
Triple BarChili with Beans Slow Cooked15oz30300 05801
Value TimeBeef and Chicken Chili with Beans15oz11225 42159

Canned Pet Food Products 



Can Size 

UPC Barcode 

Natural BalanceEatables for Dogs Irish Stew With Beef, Potatoes & Carrots15oz23633 59860
Natural BalanceEatables for Dogs Chinese Take Out With Sauce With Vegetables and Chicken15oz23633 59861
Natural BalanceEatables for Dogs HOBO Chili with Chicken & Pasta15oz23633 59863
Natural BalanceEatables for Dogs Southern Style Dumplings With Chicken & Vegetables15oz23634 59862

Symptoms of botulism poisoning can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness that moves progressively down the body, affecting the shoulders first then descending to the upper arms, lower arms, thighs, calves, etc. Botulism poisoning can also cause paralysis of the breathing muscles which can result in death unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided. Individuals who show these symptoms and who may have recently eaten the recalled products should seek immediate medical attention.

Consumers who purchased any of the recalled products should discard the contents or return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with additional questions should contact the company at 212-453-2202.


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