Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner

Food Safety Alert

July 31, 2007

Jessica A. Chittenden

Department Works To Remove Recalled Canned Meat & Chili

Jessica Chittenden Immediately, Tuesday
518-457-3136 July 31, 2007

Department Works To Remove Recalled Canned Meat & Chili
Food Inspectors Continue to Find Recalled Castleberry Products on Store Shelves

      New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker announced today that its Division of Food Safety and Inspection is continuing to audit food establishments to ensure that Castleberry’s Canned Meat and Chili products have been removed from sale in New York State.  Castleberry Canned Meat and Chili products are being recalled due to the possible contamination of botulinum toxin, a bacterium that can cause botulism.
      Department food inspectors conducted recall audit checks over the weekend and determined that approximately five percent of the food establishments visited were unaware of the recall and were still offering recalled Castleberry products for sale. Since the announcement of this recall on July 18, 2007, food inspectors have conducted audits at over 1,000 food establishments.

      The Department of Agriculture and Markets is working closely with the other state, city, and federal officials to remove the contaminated product.  The Department urges consumers to discard any of the products they might have in their possession immediately. To do so, cans of recalled product should be double-bagged in plastic bags that are tightly closed before being placed in the trash.

      Botulism is a very serious disease that can be fatal if untreated.  Botulism is not contagious and the symptoms are mainly neurological in nature.
      Individuals can identify a list of the recalled products by going to the website set up by Castleberry's at  Questions regarding Castleberry Canned Meat and Chili products should be referred to the company at 1-800-203-4412.


2007 Consumer Alerts