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Botulism Cases Force Huge Meat Recall
ap ^ | 7/23/07 | ap

Posted on 07/22/2007 8:17:13 PM PDT by Flavius

WASHINGTON (July 22) - A Georgia meat processor on Saturday expanded its recall of canned meat products that may be connected to a botulism outbreak.

Castleberry's Food Co. of Augusta 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.

Cans of chili sauce made at the Castleberry's plant were found in the homes of an Indiana couple and two children in Texas who had been hospitalized with botulism.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: botulism; castleberrys; food; foodsafety; foodsupply; poison; theusual
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1 posted on 07/22/2007 8:17:16 PM PDT by Flavius
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To: mom4kittys; Arizona Carolyn

how do you like your stew, high or low bacteria count


2 posted on 07/22/2007 8:18:07 PM PDT by Flavius
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To: Flavius

All the above?


3 posted on 07/22/2007 8:19:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Cuius testiculos habeas, habeas cardia et cerebellum)
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To: Flavius

Georgia! From which country did Castleberry obtain these foods to can?


4 posted on 07/22/2007 8:19:55 PM PDT by lakey
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

i can surely say that ive just had about enough of the global village and the organic stews its provides for nourishments


5 posted on 07/22/2007 8:21:57 PM PDT by Flavius
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To: Flavius
lol. Some REALLY bizzare comments on the thread with that story. "Earnest Borgnine = meat to me."

wow

6 posted on 07/22/2007 8:26:39 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.)
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To: Flavius

One of our neighbors gets government commodities. She gave some to us and I noticed it was Castleberry’s brand. I tried it. Solid grease with some vegetables and beef thrown in.

Gag.

They sell lots of Castlberrys during the hunting season for camping. If you get some safe cans be sure to take lots of Tums or baking soda as you will get acid reflux in the night.

Double gag.


7 posted on 07/22/2007 8:29:54 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: Flavius

The bacteria that causes botulism is found naturally in soil.

Botulism is caused by not processing foods at a high enough temperature at the canning plant.

Most cases of botulism occur because home canners didn’t heat low-acid foods long enough before putting the food in jars.

Other cases are due to feeding infants honey, which can contain botulinum spores that the baby’s digestive tract can’t handle.


8 posted on 07/22/2007 8:33:15 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
"Other cases are due to feeding infants honey, which can contain botulinum spores that the baby’s digestive tract can’t handle. "

Thank you for that piece of info. Every time I read the warning on the honey jar I wonder why not feed to infants, but then I forget to do some research and find out why ... until the next time I see the warning on the honey jar. ;-)

9 posted on 07/22/2007 8:37:21 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: Flavius

This is a shame, I’ve always like their products.


10 posted on 07/22/2007 8:38:17 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Flavius

more of this and americans just might go for

radiated food!


11 posted on 07/22/2007 8:38:48 PM PDT by ken21 ( b 4 fred.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; LibFreeOrDie
Thank you for that piece of info. Every time I read the warning on the honey jar I wonder why not feed to infants, but then I forget to do some research and find out why ... until the next time I see the warning on the honey jar. ;-)

Ditto!!!

12 posted on 07/22/2007 8:45:09 PM PDT by Captainpaintball
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To: lakey

Botulism is a processing problem, not a source contamination.

From Wikipedia:

While commercially canned goods are required to undergo a “botulinum cook” (121°C for 3 minutes) and so rarely cause botulism, there have been notable exceptions (such as the 1978 Alaskan salmon outbreak). Foodborne botulism has more frequently been from home-canned foods with low acid content, such as carrot juice, asparagus, green beans, beets, and corn.


13 posted on 07/22/2007 8:48:08 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Flavius

Just when I thought it was safe to go back to Natural Balance dog food, 4 varieties are on the list. Just damn!


14 posted on 07/22/2007 8:52:43 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Flavius

Buy kosher.


15 posted on 07/22/2007 9:05:14 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Flavius

There is such a thing as xenophobia and your headline smacks of it. Why rush to judgment before the facts are known?


16 posted on 07/22/2007 9:09:32 PM PDT by mdefranc
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To: lakey; Flavius
Georgia! From which country did Castleberry obtain these foods to can?

I can't directly speak for Georgia, but here in the N.E. the vast majority of our beef comes from Uruguay, oddly enough. Seasonally, we'll get some from N.Z. and Australia as well. I'd suspect that Georgia might be the same though.

Owl_Eagle

If what I just wrote made you sad or angry,
it was probably just a joke.

17 posted on 07/22/2007 9:17:30 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Flavius

U.S. inspectors have stopped more food shipments from India and Mexico in the past year than they have from China..produce from the Dominican Republic, candy from Denmark more often.

Produce from the Dominican Republic was stopped 828 times from July 2006 to June of this year, usually for containing traces of illegal pesticides. Candy from Denmark was impounded 543 times. Chinese seafood was stopped at the border 391 times during the past year.

“This is not a single-country issue,” said Carl R. Nielsen, who resigned from the FDA in 2005 after 28 years. His last job was director of the agency’s Office of Regulatory Affairs Division of Import Operations and Policy. “What we are experiencing is massive globalization,” he said.

The FDA database does not necessarily capture a full and accurate picture of product quality from other countries. Only one year of data is available on the agency’s Web site. The FDA inspects only about 1 percent of the imports that fall under its jurisdiction. So the agency may miss many of the products that are contaminated or defective.

The FDA database also fails to disclose the quantity of products that are refused, so it is impossible to know whether just a box of cucumbers was refused or a shipload.

In cases of recurrent problems, the FDA could issue an import alert, which leads to additional scrutiny at the border. Last month, the FDA issued not only the import alert for the Chinese fish but also alerts for Mexican cantaloupes and basmati rice from India.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/food/orl-chinafood2207jul22,0,676236.story

Fortunately I live in the part of the country where I can buy all local produce, fresh fish, meat, dairy, garden grown vegetables; so rarely see the inside of a grocery store but for incidentals (paper etc)..which I call the biggest “scam artists” of all—chain supermarkets!

TIP:

Also, am a customer (7 months now) of http://www.homebistro.com. It fits my lifestyle with the botton line financially far less than a scurry through a supermarket where one finds below average food products in deceptive photo shoots causing “drool factor” aka impulse buying. Saves time and I am never disappointed!! Better than most restaurant food (I find myself comparing), time saving, saves on gas to and from and can never truthfully exclaim, “there’s nothing in the house to eat”. So taking from that commercial referencing “my people”..I just say “my personal chef”, (executive etc.) Tastes as good as it looks in under 15 minutes, no clean up.


18 posted on 07/22/2007 9:27:29 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay (John Edwards -- " War on Terror : A Bumper Sticker")
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To: Flavius

How much-a made-a in-a China?


19 posted on 07/22/2007 10:05:21 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: fight_truth_decay

They say “Locally grown is the new organic” I buy only chicken from my state and fresh fish from Alaska and hit the farmers market now not becasue I am a ecofreak, but I am trying to not die from imported foods from China, Thailand, and central and south americas. I was in a great area this weekend called Kelowna, British Columbia and it was wonderful to pick your own cherries, apricots, blueberries, raspberries, get eggs straight from the chickens. We had a grand time and it all was better than grocery stores. Cherries were $1.50 a lb. and raspberries even cheaper self picked. I only wish I could have brought them back across the border. The border guard looked in our tunk checking out our contents, since all we said we bought was one bottle of wine, and that was all he found, “Yep, one bottle of wine” he said.


20 posted on 07/23/2007 1:12:40 AM PDT by Citizen Soldier (Made in USA and proud of it.)
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