New urgency given canned food recall

A nationwide recall of some Castleberry's canned food has consumers confused about what's a risk and what's not. The Food and Drug Administration currently lists six food types with meat products, and they include beef stew, several types of chili, corned beef hash, Georgia hash, barbecue pork and creamed chip beef. The recall also includes four Natural Balance dog food products.

The products are made by Castleberry's Food Co., under the Castleberry's label, in addition to 25 different labels, including Austex, Best Yet, Big Y, Black Rock, Bloom, Bryan, Bunker Hill, Cattle Drive, Firefighters, Food Club, Food Lion, Great Value, Goldstar, Kroger, Lowes Foods, Meijer, Morton House, Paramount, Piggly Wiggly, Prudence, Southern Home, Steak 'n Shake, Thrifty Maid, Triple Bar and Value Time. Recalled canned dog food products are sold under the Natural Balance brand name.

Store managers caution that not all of the Castleberry's products are being recalled. For instance, Medford's WinCo store carries the 40-ounce cans of Castleberry's beef stew, which was not on the recall list, said Dana Peterson, assistant store manager.

The can sizes being recalled are 10, 14.5, 15 and 19 ounces.

Tens of millions of cans of 90 products were recalled last week because they may be contaminated with bacteria that cause botulism, a potentially fatal disease. The recall came after four people in Texas and Indiana fell seriously ill with botulism linked to Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce. A Castleberry's Food Co. plant in Augusta, Ga., produced the products. The toxin was present in undercooked chili sauce, but because other products were canned on the same equipment, the recall was expanded and the plant closed down while the investigation is ongoing.

For the complete list of recalled items and for any possible additions to the list, visit on the Web.

Reach reporter Meg Landers at 776-4481 or e-mail

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