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October 17, 2007: Castleberry Plant Reopened Following Massive Food Recall

Castleberry Foods reopened its Augusta, Georgia plant on September 18. The plant had been closed for nearly two months following a botulism outbreak linked to Castleberry hot dog chili sauce. The factory production line responsible for the botulism tainted chili sauce will remain closed.

This past summer, eight people became severely ill from botulism poisoning after eating canned hot dog chili sauce made by Castleberry.  Castleberry initiated a recall on July 18 and later expanded the recall on July 21 (see Castleberry Recall, Recall Update). Products subject to recall included canned chili, beef stew, corned beef hash and meat products, as well as canned dog food.

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

Despite the recall, botulism poisoning related to Castleberry products may still be of concern, since people may have the recalled canned foods in their homes.  Please see the complete recall list and disposal instructions at the FDA website.  People should check their pantries and cabinets for the recall products.

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg currently represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the United States. If you or a loved one have been injured by food poisoning linked to the Castleberry recall or another food recall, and you have a question about your legal rights, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274, or fill out a Free Case Evaluation form. To learn more about the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg, please see Personal Injury Lawyer or Recall Lawyer.

For recent food recall information, please see the following news posts: J & B Hamburger Recall, Pot Pie Recall, Cargill Hamburger Recall and Topps Hamburger Recall. Or, visit out additional website for more food recall and food poisoning lawsuit news.

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October 14, 2007: What is a Class I Recall?

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What is the difference between a Class I, Class II, and Class III Recall?

The following recall definitions can be found on the FDA and USDA website, :

Background and Definitions

Recalls are actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market. A recall may be conducted on a firm’s own initiative, by FDA request, or by FDA order under statutory authority.

Class I recall: a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

Class II recall: a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.

Class III recall: a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.

Market withdrawal: occurs when a product has a minor violation that would not be subject to FDA legal action. The firm removes the product from the market or corrects the violation. For example, a product removed from the market due to tampering, without evidence of manufacturing or distribution problems, would be a market withdrawal.

Medical device safety alert: issued in situations where a medical device may present an unreasonable risk of substantial harm. In some case, these situations also are considered recalls.

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.  Please see Botulism Lawyer to learn more about our firm.

For more recall information and current food poisoning news see Castleberry Recall, Pot Pie Recall, and Hamburger Recall. For information about the recent General Mills pizza recall, please visit any of our other sites dedicated to food poisoning law at Pizza Recall, Pizza E. coli, and E. coli Lawyer.

To learn about our work in the area of product liability, please see Yaz and Yasmin Lawsuits, Lawsuits Heparin, and Lawsuits Cipro and Levaquin.

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