‘Meanie’ In A Bottle –Botulism Threat in Canned Beans

by Ann Samuel on  July 23, 2007 at 6:03 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
‘Meanie’ In A Bottle –Botulism Threat in Canned Beans
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has placed on red alert warnings on two types of chili, because they could be contaminated with the bacteria that cause botulism.

The agency said cans of Great Value brand Original Chili with Beans and Hot Chili with Beans, seen on many shelves across the country may be tainted.

The CFIA attached details of the products, which were: Great Value Original Chili with Beans, sold in 425 gram cans bearing UPC 6 81131 79994 2; and Great Value Hot Chili with Beans, sold in 425 gram cans bearing UPC 6 81131 79995 9.

The CFIA warned that both products were affected by this alert regardless of the code date, and the cans were exclusively sold at Wal-Mart stores across Canada.

In the U.S., four cases of botulism poisoning have been reported associated with certain chili products made by the same company. As the importers work overtime to recall the product, consumers who already have the cans are advised to return or discard these products.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled, but ingesting it may cause several health problems including: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, headache, double vision, dry throat, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases, the illness can be fatal.

The CFIA will be surveying the effectiveness of the recall from the U.S. manufacturer-Castleberry's Food Company.

Source: Medindia

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