3 FDA REcalls
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2007
FDA Warns Consumers about Risk of Botulism Poisoning from Hot Dog Chili Sauce
Marketed Under a Variety of Brand Names
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat 10
ounce cans of Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030000101), Austex Hot
Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030099533), and Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC
1111083942) with "best by" dates from April 30, 2009 through May 22, 2009 due
to possible botulism contamination. Botulism can be fatal. The "best by dates"
can be found on the can lids.
Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products
should throw them away immediately. If the "best by" date is missing or
unreadable consumers should throw the product out.
Two children in Texas and an Indiana couple who ate these products became
seriously ill and have been hospitalized.
Symptoms of botulism poisoning can begin from 6 hours to 2 weeks after eating
food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include double vision, blurred
vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth,
and muscle weakness that moves progressively down the body, affecting the
shoulders first then descending to the upper arms, lower arms, thighs, calves,
etc. Botulism poisoning can also cause paralysis of the breathing muscles
which can result in death unless assistance with breathing (mechanical
ventilation) is provided.
Individuals who show these symptoms and who may have recently eaten
Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, or Kroger Hot
Dog Chili Sauce should seek immediate medical attention.
All of the above products are manufactured by the Castleberry Food Company in
Castleberry has informed FDA that it is voluntarily recalling all of the
potentially contaminated products and is cooperating with FDA, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the states' active investigations
into the cause of this contamination and scope of the products' distribution.
FDA will provide updates as more information becomes available. Consumers can
call the FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.
Castleberry recommends consumers with any questions or concerns about this
recall should contact Jamie Leicht of Fleishman Hillard at 1-888-203-8446.
Gerber. Announces Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Gerber ORGANIC RiceT and
Gerber ORGANIC OatmealT 8 Ounce Cereals Due to a Potential Choking Hazard
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 13, 2007, Gerber Products Company, a division of
Novartis Consumer Health, is voluntarily recalling all packages of Gerber
ORGANIC Rice and ORGANIC Oatmeal Cereals due to a potential choking risk. A
limited quantity of product may contain lumps of cereal, which do not dissolve
in water or milk and pose a potential choking hazard. Gerber has received
choking complaints, but no reports of injury. The FDA is aware of this
The product has been distributed in the United States, Puerto Rico and the
Caribbean. If a consumer has Gerber ORGANIC Rice or Gerber ORGANIC Oatmeal
Cereal, they should not use the product and call the Gerber Parents Resource
Center 1-800-443-7237 or 1-231-928-3000 to return the product and receive a
Gerber ORGANIC Rice and ORGANIC Oatmeal Cereals are sold in 8 ounce boxes and
all codes are being recalled. Gerber ORGANIC Rice UPC Code is 15000 12504.
Gerber ORGANIC Oatmeal UPC Code is 15000 12502. These numbers can be found on
the bottom right side of the box.
Urgent Voluntarily Nationwide Recall of DentFresh Fluoride Mint Toothpaste 9
Dent Fresh U.S.A., Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 13, 2007 -- Dent Fresh U.S.A., Inc, Miami,
Florida, is initiating a nationwide recall in accordance with the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) of the toothpaste made in China involving
all:DentFresh Fluoride Mint Toothpaste 9 Oz (255g).
This recall has been initiated because the products may contain the poisonous
chemical diethylene glycol (DEG). DEG is used in antifreeze and as a solvent,
and is a Central Nervous System depressant and potent kidney and liver toxin.
FDA is not aware of any U.S. reports of poisonings from toothpaste containing
DEG. However, the agency is concerned about potential risks from chronic
exposure to DEG and exposure to DEG in certain populations, such as children
and individuals with kidney or liver disease. DEG in toothpaste has a low but
meaningful risk of toxicity and injury to these populations. Toothpaste is not
intended to be swallowed, but FDA is concerned about unintentional swallowing
or ingestion of toothpaste containing DEG.
PLEASE RETURN ALL PRODUCTS IMMEDIATELY TO THE STORES WHICH YOU PURCHASED
CONSUMERS WHO HAVE THE PRODUCTS SHOULD STOP USING AND THEN RETURN TO THE STORE
OF PURCHASE OR THROW AWAY.
Retailers immediately examine your inventory and quarantine product subject to
recall. In addition, if you may have further distributed this product, please
identify your customers and notify them at once of this product recall. Your
notification to your customers may be enhanced by including a copy of this
This voluntarily nationwide recall is being made with the knowledge of the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. No injuries or illnesses have been reported
to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Adverse Reactions or quality problems experience with the use of this product
may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either
online, by regular mail or fax.
Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 available at
Mail to MedWatch 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
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