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Recalled Food Still on Store Shelves

Posted August 1, 2007
Updated August 2, 2007

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— State Department of Agriculture officials are expanding efforts to remove potentially contaminated food from North Carolina stores after inspectors found more than 10,000 cans of the food were still on store shelves two weeks after they were recalled.

Castleberry’s Food Co. of Augusta, Ga., recalled more than 25 brands of chili, beef stew, corned beef hash and flavors of canned dog food. At least four cases of botulism connected to the recalled food products have been confirmed in Indiana and Texas.

State inspectors visited nearly 1,500 grocery and convenience stores, distribution centers, warehouses and food banks in the past week to search for the recalled products, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said.

“Our inspectors are finding that a lot of smaller stores and markets across the state had not been informed by their suppliers of the need to remove these products from sale,” Troxler said in a statement. “We’re partnering with state and local environmental health specialists and public health staff to visit additional stores to identify and remove any of the products still on shelves.”

Wake and Cumberland counties said Thursday that they would send their own health inspectors to area stores to make sure the recalled foods are pulled from the shelves.

Botulism is a rare, but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin. Symptoms include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness. The illness can cause paralysis, respiratory failure and death.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Castleberry’s Consumer Hotline at 888-203-8446.

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  • 1Moms_View Aug 1, 2007

    Every store owner/manager, regardless of size of the store, should be aware of this from the media even if their distributor hasn't informed them. There is no excuse for it still being on the shelves. Everyone should be fined at a rate that will significantly impact their bottom line if they are found out of compliance within a very short time frame. It doesn't take that long to read the notice and send an employee to remove all cans from the shelves. That should be a priority.

  • areadriver Aug 1, 2007

    Does anyone else find it strange that chili, beef stew, and dog food all come from the same place???!!!!

  • atozca Aug 1, 2007

    "Our inspectors are finding that a lot of smaller stores and markets across the state had not been informed by their suppliers of the need to remove these products from sale,”

    This is inexcusable.

  • lolly Aug 1, 2007

    I agree with the other posters. After a given period of time, like a week, if they are still selling it, they should get a HUGE fine.

  • North Carolina Native Aug 1, 2007

    i agree SWW... they send out notices to their distributors.

  • At Work Aug 1, 2007

    Something that I find funny is you heard so much about the dog food being recalled and now that this food for humans is being recalled it does not seem to be so out there. I told a couple coworkers about it and they were surprised they had not seen anything on the news about it! Just a little strange I think!

  • Adelinthe Aug 1, 2007

    Love Castleberry's beef stew.

    Once recalled, these store owners should be fined if the product is still found on their shelves.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB