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July 25, 2007

Albany--Authorities continue their investigation into a Georgia plant linked to botulism found in canned hot dog food.  Sixteen cans of Castleberry's chili sauce tested positive this weekend for the rare but serious illness.

The recall has left more than 400 employees at the Augusta company temporarily out of a job, and some of the workers may have to file for unemployment while the plant remains closed.

The company has hired a firm to visit more than 8,500 retailers around the country in an effort to quickly get recalled products off store shelves.

The government says tens of millions of canned food products may be involved in the Castleberry's food recall.

The company's senior vice president believes he knows where the bacteria that causes botulism may have originated at the plant.

Meanwhile, Castleberry supporters hope the plant is back up and running soon.

"I hope that they clear up this matter soon because they have a lot of people in our area. I was hoping that it was a mistake because I know a lot of people that work there," says Augusta shopper, Judy McCoy.

"We believe we've determined the issue to be linked to under processing on one line of our Augusta, Georgia production facility," says senior vice president, Dave Melbourne.

Four cases of botulism have been reported: two from Indiana and two from Texas. Those four people consumed Hot Dog Chili Sauce Original, a product made by Castleberry's.

The company is recalling more than 90 types of its canned chili, beef stew, and other meat products.

If you happen to have one of those canned food products on the list, the Food and Drug Administration is urging you to discard it immediately, or take the item back to the store for a refund.

COMPLETE LIST OF RECALLED ITEMS

Brand Product Can Size UPC Barcode
Austex Beef Stew 15oz 30300 90815
Austex Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 91015
Austex Chili with Beans 19oz 30300 92519
Austex Chili no Beans 15oz 30300 97715
Austex Chili no Beans 19oz 30300 97719
Austex Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 30300 97101
Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 30300 99533
Best Yet Chili with Beans 15oz 4218740842
Best Yet Corned Beef Hash 15oz 4217841082
Big Y Chili with Beans 15oz 18894 80425
Big Y Chili no Beans 15oz 18894 80424
Big Y Corned Beef Hash 15oz 18894 80225
Black Rock Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 01715
Bloom Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 25439 92448
Bryan Chili no Beans 10oz 53400 35264
Bryan Chili no Beans 15oz 53401 30200
Bryan Chili with Beans 15oz 53400 30205
Bryan Corned Beef Hash 15oz 53400 30110
Bryan Hot Dog Chili Sauce with Beef 10oz 53400 30010
Bunker Hill Chili no Beans 10oz 75266 04112
Bunker Hill Spicier Chili no Beans 10oz 75266 04224
Bunker Hill Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 75266 04152
Castleberry's Barbecue Pork in Barbecue Sauce 10oz 30300 00402
Castleberry's Barbecue Pork in Barbecue Sauce 14.5oz 30300 00415
Castleberry's Barbecue Beef 10oz 30300 00602
Castleberry's Beef Stew 15oz 30300 00815
Castleberry's Brunswick Beef Stew Chicken & Beef 15oz 30300 00315
Castleberry's Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 01015
Castleberry's Chili no Beans 10oz 30300 07701
Castleberry's Chili no Beans 15oz 30300 07715
Castleberry's Corned Beef Hash 15oz 30300 00915
Castleberry's Creamed Chip Beef Gravy 10oz 30300 05150
Castleberry's Georgia Hash 15oz 30300 00215
Castleberry's Hot Chili with Beans 15oz 3030007217
Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 3030000101
Castleberry's Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 30300 07101
Castleberry's Sausage Gravy 10oz 30300 05130
Cattle Drive Beef Stew 15oz 30300 01530
Cattle Drive Chicken Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 01525
Cattle Drive Chili no Beans 15oz 30300 01520
Cattle Drive Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 01515
Firefighters Chicken Chili with Beans 15oz 73725 00413
Firefighters Chili with Beans 15oz 73725 00411
Firefighters Chili no Beans 15oz 73725 00412
Food Club Corned Beef Hash 15oz 36800 80204
Food Club Chili with Beans 15oz 36800 80504
Food Club Chili no Beans 15oz 36800 80404
Food Lion Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 35826 06911
Goldstar Original Chili 10oz 24575 00001
Goldstar Chili 15oz 24575 00005
Goldstar Tex-Mex Chili with Beans 15oz 24575 00008
Great Value (Canada Only) Hot Chili with Beans 15oz 81131 79995
Great Value (Canada Only) Chili with Beans 15oz 81131 79994
Kroger Chili with Beans 15oz 11110 83930
Kroger Chili no Beans 15oz 11110 83908
Kroger Beef Stew 15oz 11110 83928
Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 11110 83942
Lowes Foods Chili with Beans 15oz 41643 01097
Lowes Foods Chili no Beans 15oz 41643 01092
Lowes Foods Corned Beef Hash 15oz 41643 01094
Meijer Chili with Beans 15oz 41250 95221
Meijer Chili no Beans 15oz 41250 95220
Meijer Corned Beef Hash 15oz 41250 95229
Meijer Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 41250 85862
Morton House Chili With Beans Beef & Chicken 15oz 75266 65829
Morton House Chili With Beans Beef & Chicken 15oz 75266 65993
Morton House Corned Beef Hash 15oz 75266 65830
Paramount Chili with Beans 15oz 75266 00732
Paramount Chili no Beans 15oz 75266 00731
Paramount Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 75266 00510
Paramount Chili Hot Dog Chili 15oz 75266 00526
Piggly Wiggly Chili no Beans 10oz 41290 37355
Piggly Wiggly Chili no Beans 15oz 41290 37354
Piggly Wiggly Chili with Beans 15oz 41290 37252
Piggly Wiggly Corned Beef Hash 15oz 41290 37357
Prudence Corned Beef Hash 15oz 41141 00015
Southern Home Chili no Beans 10oz 38259 48713
Southern Home Chili no Beans 15oz 07880 15340
Southern Home Chili with Beans 15oz 07880 15341
Southern Home Corned Beef Hash 15oz 07880 15359
Steak 'n Shake Chili with Beans 10oz 51844 00120
Thrifty Maid Chili with Beans 15oz 21140 21370
Thrifty Maid Corned Beef Hash 15oz 21140 21375
Thrifty Maid Hot Dog Chili Sauce 10oz 21140 21367
Triple Bar Chili no Beans 15oz 30300 05805
Triple Bar Chili with Beans 15oz 30300 05804
Triple Bar Chili with Beans Slow Cooked 15oz 30300 05801
Value Time Beef and Chicken Chili with Beans 15oz 11225 42159

CANNED PET FOOD PRODUCTS

Brand Product Can Size UPC Barcode
Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs Irish Stew With Beef,
Potatoes & Carrots
15oz 23633 59860
Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs Chinese Take Out With
Sauce With Vegetables and Chicken
15oz 23633 59861
Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs HOBO Chili with
Chicken & Pasta
15oz 23633 59863
Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs Southern Style Dumplings
With Chicken & Vegetables
15oz 23634 59862

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