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September 19, 2007: Botulism Update

According to the New Mexico State Health Department, a 52-year-old man has died from botulism food poisoning.  The deceased gentleman was a resident of Sandoval County.

Although it was reported that he had eaten food that had been part of the Castleberry recall, state officials have not linked the death to the eight confirmed cases of botulism connected to Castleberry products.

Castleberry issued the recall on July 19, after learning that their products were contaminated.

Hot dog chili sauce, stew, canned dog food, and corned beef hash were some of the products involved.  For a complete listing of recalled products, and for information concerning the disposal of recalled product, please visit the FDA website at: www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/castleberry.html.

There is concern that the recall is not yet complete, and officials in numerous states are encouraging people to check their homes for the recalled products.

Botulism is 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 pages on this website: Botulism and Botulism Symptoms.

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you believe that you are the victim of foodborne botulism, please contact us at our toll free number 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation.

To learn about other food poisoning outbreaks see E coli Recall, Hamburger Recall, and Illinois Food Poisoning.  The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg has represented hundreds of individuals in cases related to the side effects of well known medications.  For more information, please see Yasmin Lawsuit, Levaquin Lawsuits, and Heparin Lawsuits.

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September 15, 2007: FDA Update on Botulism and Chili Product Recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an update on September 4 warning consumers not to eat certain canned foods or to serve certain dog foods produced by Castleberry’s Food Company of Augusta, Georgia, due to the possibility of botulism.

To date there have been eight confirmed cases of botulism linked to this outbreak.

The list of recalled products includes cans of hot dog chili sauce, various types of dog food, chili with meat, corned beef hash, and a number of other products. For a complete listing of recalled products, and for information concerning the disposal of the recalled product, please visit the FDA website at: www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/castleberry.html.

Botulism food poisoning can be fatal, and should be treated as a medical emergency. Symptoms may include dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, muscle weakness, blurred vision, double vision, and drooping eyelids. If left untreated, muscle paralysis may progress to the arms, legs, trunk, and respiratory muscles, possibly resulting in death. Symptoms usually appear 12 to 36 hours after consuming C. botulinum toxin; however, symptoms can occur as early as six hours, or as late as 10 days, following the consumption of contaminated food.

To learn more about Clostridium botulinum and botulism, please see About Botulism and Symptoms of Botulism, or visit our website foodpoisoning.com.

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg represents victims of recent national food poisoning outbreaks including Arby’s, Peter Pan brand peanut butter, Veggie Booty, and Pars Cove. If you believe that you are the victim of foodborne botulism, please contact us at our toll free number 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation.

For more information about current food poisoning news see Botulism, Ground Beef Recall, Staph Food Poisoning Lawyer, and Claudia Sanders Food Poisoning Lawyer

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