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July 19, 2007: Four Hospitalized with Botulism Linked to Hot Dog Chili Sauce

An adult couple from Indiana and two young siblings from Texas have been hospitalized with botulism. The illness appears to be linked to hot dog chili sauce, which has been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer. The four individuals, while seriously ill, are expected to survive.

The recall covers 10-ounce cans of Castleberry’s, Austex and Kroger brands of hot dog chili sauce. The “best by” dates on the cans fall between April 30, 2009, and May 22, 2009. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release on this recall, dated July 18, also provides UPC codes for the products.

The FDA is investigating Castleberry’s Augusta, Georgia, plant where the chili sauce was canned. Castleberry is owned by Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC.

Medical epidemiologist Dr. Michael Lynch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that the last case of botulism connected with commercially canned products occurred in the U.S. in the 1970s. Cases of botulism reported during the intervening years generally have concerned home-canned foods, he said.

Botulism is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulism is a serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin, which blocks nerve function, leading to respiratory and musculoskeletal paralysis. An individual with botulism may experience double vision, blurred vision, dry mouth, inability to swallow, difficulty speaking or slurred speech, muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, and an inability to breathe. Botulism can be fatal, and medical attention should be sought immediately.

For more information about botulism, please visit the following page on this website: botulism food poisoning.

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About Clostridium botulinum and Botulism

Botulism is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Although rare, botulism is a serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin, which is produced by the bacterium. This potent toxin blocks nerve function, leading to respiratory and musculoskeletal paralysis.

An individual with botulism may experience double vision, blurred vision, dry mouth, inability to swallow, difficulty speaking or slurred speech, muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, and an inability to breathe. Botulism can be fatal, and medical attention should be sought immediately.

Foodborne botulism is caused by ingesting food contaminated with C. botulinum toxin. Botulism is most often associated with eating improperly canned foods (vegetables, fruits, fish, and meats), luncheon meats, ham, sausage, stuffed eggplant, lobster, and smoked or salted fish. It poses a serious health problem since many people can become poisoned from a single contaminated food source.

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The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg currently represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you, or a family member have suffered from botulism food poisoning, and you have a question about your legal rights, you can request a free case evaluation from our firm by clicking on free case evaluation. You may also contact us toll free at 1-877-934-6274. To learn more about Clostridium botulinum, food poisoning, and food poisoning law, please visit foodpoisoning.com.
The information contained on this page has been gathered from the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and other sources in the public domain.

July 3rd, 2007

Botulism Symptoms and Complications

Symptoms and Complications

Symptoms of botulism may include dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech or difficulty speaking, muscle weakness, blurred vision, double vision, and drooping eyelids. Symptoms usually appear 12 to 36 hours after consuming Clostridium botulinum toxin; however, symptoms can occur as early as 6 hours or as late as 10 days following the consumption of contaminated food.

Botulism can be fatal, and should be treated as a medical emergency. If left untreated, muscle paralysis may progress to the arms, legs, trunk, and respiratory muscles, possibly resulting in death. A patient with severe botulism poisoning may require use of a breathing machine and intensive medical care for several months. Patients may experience fatigue and shortness of breath for several years following their recovery from botulism poisoning.

255 comments July 2nd, 2007

Welcome

What I have learned in well over two decades spent in the pursuit of justice for injured clients is that knowledge is power. In the case of food poisoning, consumers need to know the signs and symptoms of foodborne illness so that they can protect themselves and their families.

That’s why I decided to create this blog. I hope it helps you to better understand the foodborne pathogen, Clostridium botulinum, and botulism, the disease it causes, and to keep abreast of the latest news about outbreaks. I also hope that you become a frequent visitor to this site. Please let me know if there is any way in which I can help you as you navigate through the sometimes difficult and dangerous world of food.

Free Case Evaluation

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg currently represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you, or a family member have suffered from botulism food poisoning, and you have a question about your legal rights, you can request a free case evaluation from our firm by clicking on free case evaluation. You may also contact us toll free at 1-877-934-6274. To learn more about Clostridium botulinum, food poisoning, and food poisoning law, please visit foodpoisoning.com.

For more information about food and consumer safety, also visit foodpoisoning.com.

Thank you,
Eric H. Weinberg
Attorney

The information contained on this page has been gathered from the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and other sources in the public domain.

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