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Chili con Botulism

Canned meat—who eats this stuff? Oh wait, I spoke to soon. After all, Hawaiians love their Spam. But if Spam isn’t your thing, try some canned chili dog sauce with added botulism. HealthDay News reports:
Federal health officials warned consumers late Wednesday night that some canned hot dog chili sauce may be contaminated with a potentially deadly botulism toxin.

The warning applies to 10-ounce cans of Castleberry's, Austex and Kroger brands of hot dog chili sauce with "best by" dates from April 30, 2009, through May 22, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a prepared statement…

…The contamination by the toxin is extremely rare for a commercially canned product, according to Dr. Michael Lynch, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention medical epidemiologist. The last such U.S. case was back in the 1970s.

Robert Brackett, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, urged consumers to discard any of the recalled chili sauce cans without opening them.
Reports like this are a major reason I avoid processed foods and stick with wholesome fruits and veggies—oh! The phytochemcial revolution has something to do with it to.
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