Chili Sauce Botulism Scare

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Federal health officials are warning consumers to throw out certain cans of hot dog chili sauce after four people were hospitalized with botulism.

The Food and Drug Administration says the warning applies to ten-ounce cans of Castleberry's, Austex and Kroger brands of hot
dog chili sauce with ``best by'' dates from April 30, 2009, through
May 22, 2009.

Two Texas children and an adult couple from Indiana were
sickened. The products were made by the Castleberry's food company, owned by Bumble Bee Sea foods. The FDA has sent experts to a Castleberry's plant in Georgia where the products were canned.

Botulism is a rare, muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin. An FDA official says the toxin is so potent that if it gets on people's hands or face, it can make them ill.