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Kroger Store Brand Hot Dog Sauce in Recall on Botulism Risks

WASHINGTON DC -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued a warning to consumers not to eat certain cans of a hot dog chili sauce under several brands including Kroger's private label, due to a risk of botulism poisoning. Two children in Texas and an Indiana couple who ate these products became seriously ill and have been hospitalized, FDA said.

The product is 10-ounce cans of Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030000101), Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030099533), and Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 1111083942) with "best by" dates from April 30, 2009 through May 22, 2009, said FDA. The products are currently subject to a recall by San Diego-based Castleberry Food Co., owned by Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC. The products were made at a plant in Augusta, GA.

FDA said it has sent experts to the Castleberry plant for further investigation.
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