Possible Botulism Tainted Canned Meat Products Recall Expanded

Washington, D.C. - The U. S. Department of Agriculture reports Castleberry's Food Company in Georgia has voluntarily epxanded its July 19 recall of canned meat products that may contain botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning bacteria.

The USDA says the recall is being expanded after the FDA found out "processing malfunctions at the company have existed longer than initially estimated." Subsequently, the company has agreed to recall a greater number of products that may still be in supermarket's and grocery store inventories. The "best buy" date stamped on the bottom of the cans may be inaccurate.

The USDA list of possibly contamined foods includes 75 canned meat product items including gravy, beef stew, chilli, hash and hot dog sauce products with the Castleberry, Kroger, Meijer and Goldstar labels - among others - on the cans.

Consumers with questions or concerns can call the company's Consumer Hotline at 888-203-8446. Consumers can also access news releases and other information including a full list of the suspected at the link below.

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