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Hot dog chili sauce recall

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Federal health officials warned Wednesday that 10-ounce cans of Castleberry’s, Austex and Kroger brands of hot dog chili sauce with “best by” dates from April 30, 2009, through May 22, 2009. The product was linked to the first cases of botulism in commercially canned foods in decades.

The products were made by the Castleberry’s Food Co., owned by Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC, based in San Diego. The company is voluntarily recalling all potentially contaminated product and is cooperating with state and federal officials.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention medical epidemiologist Dr. Michael Lynch said the last such U.S. such case dates to the 1970s. The roughly 25 cases reported each year typically involved home-canned foods, he said.

Recalled brands

The recall covers the following universal product codes:

Castleberry’s Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000101)

Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10-ounce can (UPC 3030099533)

Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10-ounce can (UPC 1111083942)

Morton House Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 7526665830)

Cattle Drive Chili With Beans, 15-ounce can (UPC 3030001598)

Southern Home Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 0788015359)

Meijer Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 4125095229)

Castleberry’s Chili With Beans, 15-ounce can (UPC 3030001017)

Castleberry’s Barbecue Pork, 10-ounce can (UPC 3030000402)

Bunker Hill Chili No Beans, 10-ounce can (UPC 7526604112).

Consumers with questions may call Castleberry’s Food Co. toll-free at (888) 203-8446

Four people have been hospitalized, two from Texas and two from Indiana, they are listed as seriously ill but expected to survive.