Botulism Fact Sheet

A massive recall is underway due to a botulism scare related to several canned meat and dog food brands manufactured by Castleberry's. Stores are asked to rid their shelves of more than 90 different Castleberry's Food products. For a complete list of the recalled items, see:

  • The company's Augusta, Georgia, canning plant was closed Monday, July 23, and was expected to remain closed for about a week.
  • Castleberry's has hired a firm to visit more than 8,500 retailers around the country in an effort to quickly get recalled products off store shelves.
  • Locally, food banks are also checking their stock of canned foods.
  • A woman in a metro Atlanta hospital is being tested for the possibility of botulism after going to the emergency room. She reported at Castleberry's Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce. But there's no confirmation as of Tuesdays afternoon whether the woman has contracted the disease.
  • Other cases have been reported in Texas and Indiana.

Botulism is a rare, but serious, paralytic disease. Symptoms include:

  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle weakness

Symptoms generally begin 18 to 36 hours after eating a contaminated food, but they can occur as early as six hours or as late as ten days.

  • If you develop signs or symptoms of botulism, seek medical attention immediately.
  • If untreated, the illness may progress from head to toe, with paralysis of the face, arms, breathing muscles, trunk, and legs.
  • Treatment may include antitoxin injections and ventilator support to aid breathing.
  • Therapy may also be required to recover speech and breathing functions affected by the disease.

For more information, you can call Castleberry's consumer hotline at 800.203.4412 or 888.203.8446 or the Chatham County Health Department at 912.356.2160.

Follow the links to the right for more information on the recall and the disease.