According to local retailers, Miami consumers are not at risk for botulism exposure from recalled chili sauce.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers Thursday to not eat 10-ounce cans of hot-dog chili sauce under the brand names Castleberry's, Austex or Kroger with “best by dates of April 30, 2009, through May 22, 2009.
Managers at both Wal-Mart and Marvins IGA say they do not carry any of the brands recalled by the FDA.
The warning came after two Texas children and a couple in Indiana became ill after eating the products.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, botulism toxins are so potent, consumers can get sick from getting the product on their skin.
Botulism is a muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin made by a bacterium called clostridium botulism. According to the CDC, there are about 25 cases of botulism poisoning reported each year in the U.S., most from home-canned foods.
Symptoms of botulism poisoning can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin and include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness that moves progressively down the body. Botulism poisoning can cause paralysis of the breathing muscles, which can result in death.
All of the recalled products are manufactured by the Castleberry's Food Co. in Augusta, Ga., owned by Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC, based in San Diego, Calif.
Dillon's is one of the grocery stores that carries Castleberry's brand of product.
Castleberry has voluntarily recalled all of the potentially contaminated products, and the FDA has sent experts to the Castleberry plant to investigate.
Also recalled are the following:
Bunker Hill 10-ounce chili with no beans.
Castleberry's 15-ounce chili with beans.
Castleberry's 10-ounce barbecue pork.
Cattle Drive 15-ounce chili with beans.
Meijer 15-ounce corned-beef hash.
Morton House 15-ounce corned-beef hash.
Southern Home 15-ounce corned-beef hash.