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Hot Dog Chili Sauce in Botulism Recall Update

Andrew Bridges, Associated Press Writer updated the list of botulism recalled items:

The products were made by the Castleberry’s Food Co., owned by Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC, based in San Diego.

The recall covers the following universal product codes:

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).

Thus far, the victims – two each in Texas and Indiana – were seriously ill but expected to survive. The Texas cases involved children who are siblings. The Indiana cases involved an adult couple.

Botulism is a muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin made by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, according to the CDC.  Symptoms of botulism include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness that moves down the body, according to the CDC. Eventually, paralysis can cause a person to stop breathing and die, unless supported by a ventilator. Most victims eventually recover after weeks to months of care.  For more information on botulism, click here.