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Georgia processor expands canned meat recall

WASHINGTON - A Georgia meat processor on Saturday expanded its recall of canned meat products that may be connected to a botulism outbreak.

Castleberry's Food Co. of Augusta recalled more than 70 brands of canned chili, beef stew, corned beef hash and other meat products in addition to the 10 brands it had recalled Thursday.

Cans of chili sauce made at the Castleberry's plant were found in the homes of an Indiana couple and two children in Texas who had been hospitalized with botulism. All four are expected to survive.

Botulism is a muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin made by a bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Such bacteria are commonly found in soil.

The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Thursday that an equipment malfunction may have been responsible for the contamination.

On Saturday, FSIS said the malfunctions at the Augusta processing plant may have existed longer than initially estimated.

Castleberry's, which is owned by Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC and based in San Diego, voluntarily expanded the recall.

Brand names of the recalled products include Austex, Best Yet, Big Y, Black Rock, Bryan, Bunker Hill, Castle, Castleberry's, Cattle Drive, Firefighter, Food Club, Georgia, Goldstar, Great Value, Kroger, Lowes, Meijer, Morton House, Paramount, Piggly Wiggly, Prudence, Southern Home, Steak N Shake, Thrifty Maid, Triple Bar and Value Time.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Castleberry's at 1-888-203-8446.

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On the Net:

Castleberry's Food Co.: http://www.castleberrys.com/

Food Safety and Inspection Service: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Home/index.asp

SideBar: Brand recall

List of more than 90 brands of recalled canned meat products

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With BC-Chili Sauce-Botulism

By The Associated Press

Castleberry's Food Co. has recalled more than 80 brands of chili sauce, hash and other canned meat products since the Food and Drug Administration released a warning about the suspected source of a botulism outbreak.

The initial 10 products recalled were:

-Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz. cans

-Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz. cans

-Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz. cans

-Morton House Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Cattle Drive Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Southern Home Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Meijer Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Barbecue Pork, 10 oz. cans

-Bunker Hill Chili No Beans, 10 oz. cans

More than 80 additional brands were recalled Saturday. They are:

-Austex Beef Stew, 12-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Austex Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz.

-Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz.

-Austex Chili with Beans, 15 and 19 oz. cans

-Austex Chili No Beans, 12-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Austex Chili No Beans, 12-pack of 19 oz. cans

-Best Yet Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Best Yet Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Big Y Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Big Y Chili No Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Big Y Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Black Rock Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Bloom Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz.

-Bryan Corned Beef Hash, 24-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Bryan Chili No Beans, 24-pack of 10 oz. cans

-Bryan Chili No Beans, 24-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Bryan Chili with Beans, 24-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Bunker Hill Chili No Beans, 10 oz. cans

-Bunker Hill Chunky Chili No Beans, 10 oz. cans

-Bunker Hill Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz. cans

-Castle Chili No Beans, 10 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Beef Stew, 15 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Brunswick Stew, 15 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Bunker Hill Original Chili No Beans, 10 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Chili No Beans, 12-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Hickory Smoked, Oven Roasted, with Skins, Barbecue Pork in Barbecue Sauce, 10 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Hot Chili with Beans, 12-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz. cans

-Castleberry's BBQ Pork, 10 and 14.5 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Sausage Gravy, 10 oz. cans

-Castleberry's Chip Beef Gravy, 10 oz. cans

-Cattle Drive Beef Stew, 15 oz. cans

-Cattle Drive Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Cattle Drive Chili No Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Cattle Drive Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Cattle Drive Chili with Beans, 8-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Cattle Drive Chicken Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Firefighter Chicken Chili, 15 oz. cans

-Firefighter Chicken Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Firefighter Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Firefighter Chili No Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Food Club Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Food Club Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Food Lion Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz. cans

-Georgia Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Goldstar Chili, 10 and 15 oz. cans

-Goldstar Tex Mex Chili, 15 oz. cans

-Great Value Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Great Value Hot Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Kroger Beef Stew, 15 oz. cans

-Kroger Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Kroger Chili No Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz. cans

-Lowes Chili No Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Lowes Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Lowes Corn Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Meijer Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Meijer Chili No Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Meijer Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Meijer Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz.

-Morton House Chili with Beans, 12-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Morton House Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Paramount Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10- and 15 oz. cans

-Paramount Chili No Beans, 15 oz. cans of

-Paramount Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Piggly Wiggly Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Piggly Wiggly Chili No Beans, 10- and 15 oz. cans

-Piggly Wiggly Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Prudence Corned Beef Hash, 12-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Southern Home Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Southern Home Chili No Beans, 10- and 15 oz. cans

-Southern Home Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Steak N Shake Chili, 10 oz. cans

-Thrifty Maid Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Thrifty Maid Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz. cans

-Thrifty Maid Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz.

-Triple Bar Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Triple Bar Chili with Beans, 12-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Triple Bar Chili No Beans, 15 oz. cans

-Triple Bar Chili No Beans, 12-pack of 15 oz. cans

-Value Time Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans

Each can label or can end bears the establishment number 'EST. 195' inside the USDA seal of inspection.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Castleberry's consumer hot line at 1-888-203-8446.

Also, four varieties of Natural Balance Eatables dog food were recalled:

-Irish Stew with Beef, 15 oz.

-Chinese Take Out with Sauce with Vegetables and Chicken, 15 oz.

-Southern Style Dumplings with Gravy with Chicken and Vegetables, 15 oz.

-Hobo Chili with Chicken, 15 oz.