Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

July 19, 2007 03:31 ET

CFIA: U.S. Food and Drug Administration Warns of Potential Contamination From Hot Dog Chili Sauce Marketed Under a Variety of Brand Names

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 19, 2007) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is closely following an announcement by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about a hot dog chili sauce, sold in a 10 ounce can, marketed under the Castleberry's, Austex and Kroger brand names. There is a risk that these products are contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by this bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The CFIA has initiated an investigation to determine if these affected products have been imported into Canada.

If any Canadian distribution is identified, the CFIA will take immediate action to advise the public and verify the effective removal of the products from the marketplace.

There have been no known illnesses reported in Canada, but several illnesses associated with the consumption of these products have been reported in the United States.

For more information on the affected products involved, consumers and industry can read the U.S. FDA press release at:

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01669.html

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