Augusta Castleberry's food plant is center of contaminated chili investigation

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July 19, 2007, News 12 First at Five


The Castleberry's food plant in Augusta is at the center of a food recall.
Cans of locally made hot dog chili sauce could be linked to botulism, a muscle paralyzing disease.

Thursday, federal health experts, the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture, and the CDC came to the plant in Augusta to investigate the cause of the contamination.

Two children in Texas and a couple in Indiana ate these chili sauce and became sick. A federal investigation is underway to find out what happened and how far the products were distributed.

News 12 spoke with Felicia Trottie as she was shopping at Kroger in North Augusta. She says she's concerned about the recall because Wednesday night, she and her family ate hot dogs with Castleberry's chili. Its one of the brands being recalled.

"I just don't want to feed my family something thats going to hurt them," Trottie says.

Felicia says she plans to find out whether the chili sauce she and her children ate is marked with the dates in which the warning applies.

"My first thing is to go home and check the date on the cans, because i do have more," she says.

The recall includes 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. All of it was canned in Augusta at the Castleberry's plant near downtown.

Stores have pulled the chili from the shelves. If you purchased a can, you should return it for a refund or throw it away.

The Food and Drug Administration asks consumers with inquiries to call:

Castleberry asks that consumers with any questions or concerns about the recall to contact Jamie Leicht of Fleishman Hillard at 1-888-203-8446.

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