spores. If food is not processed correctly, spores could survive.
In a canned product kept at room temperature, the conditions would then be right for those spores to produce toxins, says Michael Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia in Griffin.
Castleberry's has recalled 10 varieties of canned foods, from chili sauce and corned beef hash to barbecued pork, with "best-by" dates of April 30, 2009 through May 22, 2009. The products were shipped to retailers in 23 states, including Georgia. Consumers have been advised to throw away the cans and any food that might have been prepared with the chili sauce.
About 20,000 cases _ or more than 300,000 cans _ were recalled from 22 states, mostly in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest, said Dave Melbourne, Castleberry's senior vice president of marketing.
However, he said the botulism cases had not been confirmed as linked to its products, and that the company issued the recall only as a precaution.
The recall covers products processed on a cooker that wasn't working properly, he explained.
The cooker, called a retort, was dropping cans into cooling water while they were still very hot, he said. The company followed standard operating procedures to check products before distributing them.
"Everything came back confirming the product was safe and fine," Melbourne said. "We haven't confirmed that is in fact the issue, but that's something we're digging deeper into, because it coincides with this particular date."
Castleberry's is owned by Bumble Bee Seafoods of San Diego, Calif. It processes canned foods, such as beef stew, soups, hash and barbecue, under such brand names as Sweet Sue's, Bryan Meats and Castleberry's. It also makes store-brand products for clients that include Kroger.
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