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Oh Oh SpaghettiOs – Under-processing risk is Botulism risk

Campbell Soup Supply Company, LLC, a Paris, Texas, establishment is recalling approximately 15,000,000 pounds of “SpaghettiOs with Meatballs” canned products due to possible under-processing, which creates a Botulism risk.

The following products are subject to recall:

• 14.75-ounce cans of “SpaghettiOs” with Meatballs, bearing the identifying product code “U5” on the bottom of the can.

• 14.75-ounce cans of “SpaghettiOs” A to Z with Meatballs, bearing the identifying product code “4N” on the bottom of the can.

• 14.75-ounce cans of “SpaghettiOs” Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars), bearing the identifying product code “KS” on the bottom of the can.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST 4K,” as well as a “Use By” date between June 2010 and December 2011 ink-jetted on the bottom of each can. These products were manufactured between December 2008 and June 2010 and distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

Botulism is a rare, life-threatening paralytic illness caused by neurotoxins produced by an anaerobic, gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Unlike Clostridium perfringens, which requires the ingestion of large numbers of viable cells to cause symptoms, the symptoms of botulism are caused by the ingestion of highly toxic, soluble exotoxins produced by C. botulinum while growing in foods.

  • Gil Ramirez

    I guess no one learned anything from the Castleberry’s outbreak of 2007 – where under-processing was also to blame. Expect more clients, Bill.

  • Sam Grubb

    I’m under the impression that there are no illnesses associated with this recall.
    Can someone please confirm, or refute?

  • No illnesses that I have seen —- yet.