The Associated Press reported today that Castleberry’s, the plant that was the source of a botulism outbreak traced to several hot dog chili products, has closed its doors. WFAA.com out of Dallas/Fort Worth carried the AP story, "Castleberry’s shuts plant over botulism outbreak."
Over the weekend, 16 cans of chili produced at the Castleberry’s Georgia plant tested positive for botulism, and company officials have confirmed that the canned products were not cooked to high enough temperatures to kill Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes botulism food poisoning. AP reported:
So far, four cases of botulism have been reported — two from Indiana and two from Texas. All four people consumed Hot Dog Chili Sauce Original, a product made by Castleberry’s.
On Saturday, Castleberry’s expanded its recall of canned meat products that may be connected to a botulism outbreak. It recalled more than 80 types of canned chili, beef stew, corned beef hash and other meat products in addition to the 10 brands it had recalled Thursday.
The latest FDA and USDA recall announcements can be found here: