Tainted Hot Dog Sauce

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Federal health officials are warning consumers to throw out certain cans of hot dog chili sauce after four people were hospitalized with botulism.

The Food and Drug Administration says the warning applies to ten-ounce cans of Castleberry's, Austex and Kroger brands of hot dog chili sauce with "best by" dates from April 30th, 2009, through May 22nd, 2009.

Two Texas children and an adult couple from Indiana were sickened.

The products were made by the Castleberry's Food Company, owned by Bumble Bee Seafoods. The F-D-A has sent experts to a Castleberry's plant in Georgia where the products were canned.

Botulism is a rare, muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin.

An F-D-A official says the toxin is so potent that if it gets on people's hands or face, it can make them ill.

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