Castleberry expands food recall

Bumble Bee subsidiary moves previous recall of hot dog chili sauce and canned meats to include human products and dog food.

NEW YORK ( -- Castleberry's Food Co. is expanding its recall of hot dog chili sauce and canned meat products to 88 human products and four canned dog food products due to the threat of botulism.

The company said it has been notified by the FDA of two confirmed botulism cases and two potential botulism cases involving individuals who ate Hot Dog Chili Sauce products.

No new cases have been reported since the original recall was announced on July 18.

The products involved have not only the Castleberry's brand name but are sold under such brands as Austex, Best Yet, Big Y, Black Rock, Bloom, Bryan, Bunker Hill, Cattle Drive, Firefighters, Food Club, Great Value, Gold Star, Paramount, Prudence, Southern Home, Thrifty Maid, Triple Bar and Value Time.

In addition some of the recalled products are sold under the private label store brands including Food Lion, Kroger (Charts, Fortune 500), Lowe's Food, Meijer, Morton House, Piggly Wiggly and Steak n Shake.

The recalled canned dog food products are sold under the Natural Balance brand name.

A complete list of the recalled products can be found at this Web site.

"We believe we have isolated the issue to a situation of under-processing on one line of our production facility," said a statement from the company. "As an extra precaution to the recall we announced on Wednesday, we have shut down this line altogether and are recalling all products produced on it."

Castleberry is owned by Bumble Bee Foods, the largest branded seafood company in North America which is a unit of Canadian holding company Connors Bros. Income Fund. Top of page