Canned meat recall is expanded
WASHINGTON — Federal regulators, citing an unusually high risk of potentially fatal botulism contamination, are warning consumers about certain canned human food and dog food. A Georgia company is recalling more than 720,000 pounds of products.
The products, by Bumble Bee Foods, LLC’s Castleberry’s Food Co. in Augusta, Ga., include Hot Dog Chili Sauce for humans and Irish Stew with Beef for dogs
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Botulism, caused by a nerve toxin, is a rare but serious illness. Symptoms, usually occurring within 36 hours, include double or blurred vision, slurred speech and muscle weakness. The illness can cause paralysis, respiratory failure and death.
The recall came as the Bush Administration is already under fire over the seemingly endless string of food scares involving both domestic and imported food. Last week, congressional investigators told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the FDA has only very limited ability to inspect and protect the nation’s food supply.
At first, I thought, “Yet another Chimpy screw-up!” Then I realized that is it the polar opposite! Those clever bastards at the FDA!! They know that too many Americans are obese, and they are making sure that we all slim down. I know I have lost my appetite. Well done, FDA!!