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

By: Jonathan Martin Email
By: Jonathan Martin Email

July 19, 2007, News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA, Ga---

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:
888-INFO-FDA.

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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  • by Employee#0000 Location: Brunswick Sardines, NB,CAN on Jul 19, 2007 at 04:12 PM
    This is not the first time Bumble Bee has had food recalls. Check their history. Its because of their business practice of "profit at any cost". Quality be damned if we can make the minimum requirements then send it out. Since bumble bee took over here we our work loads increased and food quality go down the toilet. We were once proud of what we produced here. No more. We now send fish to the public that before would be used for pet food. Beware ANYTHING in sauce! Sauce is used more to conceal then to add flavor.
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