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Castleberry chili sauce plant in botulism scandal had prior problem


Georgia AP reported that, Castleberry, that makes the canned chili sauce suspected in a botulism outbreak had a production problem two months ago, a company official said Thursday.

The Augusta plant made the sauce that is suspected of seriously sickening an Indiana couple and two children in Texas. Cans of chili sauce found in the victims’ homes were produced around the time of the Castleberry’s Food Co. production problems.

About two months ago, cans were coming out of a heating and sterilizing process too hot before going into a cooling canal, he said. Company officials stopped production because they wanted to make sure cans had not expanded and possibly allowed contamination, he said.