Fears Over Poisoning Sparks Recall

Laurence Lau
Laurence Lau

(KHNL) - Fears over botulism poisoning have stores pulling canned meat products off shelves. They're all produced by a company called Castleberry. But the recall list includes 88 types of canned meat under several brand names. They include Castleberry's, Austex, Kroger, Food Lion, Lowe's, Piggly Wiggly, and Natural Balance.

"We have found there are some products in Hawaii. We issued a warning to all stores this morning. Some stores have completed the removal others are still in the process. We'll conduct spot checks tomorrow," says Laurence Lau, Department of Health.

Two confirmed cases of botulism poisoning in Indiana and Texas triggered the recall. The Federal Drug Administration found the two who got sick ate Castleberry's hot dog chili sauce. There are no reports in Hawaii. And the Department of Health wants to keep it that way.

"Botulism bacteria produces a toxin which can even lead to death. It's quite serious. And you can't tell it by just looking at the food or smell it. That's why we're telling people to just throw it away, don't take any chances," says Lau.

Health leaders say consumers should throw recalled products away, wrap them in plastic bags, and put them in the garbage. Consumers should not put any contaminated products in a recycling bin.

The recall also includes four varieties of canned dog food under the Natural Balance "Eatables" brand.