The FDA announced this past week that it is recalling 10 ounce cans of Hot Dog Chili Sauce that is sold under various labels. The affected products have “best by” dates of April 30, 2009 through May 22, 2009. If you have any cans from the listed brands with these dates or an unreadable or missing date, you should throw the cans away immediately. Warning signs of botulism 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.
Botulism can be fatal and if you believe you have developed these symptoms after eating the contaminated food, you should seek medical attention immediately. At least two children and two adults have been hospitalized after eating the contaminated food. If you have become ill from eating the contaminated food, save the food in a safe place if you still have it. Whether or not you still have the food, contact an attorney immediately so that your legal rights can be protected.
For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.