Your Yum! Story For Today: Castleberry Recall Isn't Just Them
Then again, one could just quit reading Food Recall stories. But this one rather stood out for weirdness--not salmonella, not e. coli, but botulism for chrissakes. The stuff you are told to worry about if you eat badly-home-canned food or go to a lot of church potlucks.
There hasn't been a case of botulism in commercially-canned food in well over 30 years. Way to go, Bushie. Loosen those food-safety standards! The free market will take care of the problem, right?
However there is the minor matter of the stores that sold this stuff. Castleberry brand doesn't must make Castleberry Brand products it seems. They make shit for just about everybody (except Hormel. Spam is safe.) On the just-released-very-expanded list are such items as:
Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz. cans (Kroger=everyplace)
Best Yet Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans (Best Yet=house brand across wide range of regional stores)
And the big UH oh....
Great Value Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans
* Great Value Hot Chili with Beans, 15 oz. cans
Great Value=House brand for Wal Mart.
And oh yeah, there's also
UPDATE NOTE: If you read this before please click on "read more" and look again. I have received information from "someone not authorized to talk to the media" about this botulism shit. Useful informaton indeed.
Steak N Shake Chili, 10 oz. cans
Guess what I have* a half-eaten can of in my refrigerator?
On the happy side, neither Prince Namor nor Sox has had any of it; the Prince refuses to touch anything except chili he has made himself and will, I know, just sneer cruelly at me as I am writing my last if this stuff poisons me. And I just use about a tablespoon per serving on my version of Weiner King Special dogs: chili, melted cheese, coleslaw and sour cream. An item to violate every possible standard of edibility, taste, politically proper eating, nutrition etc. Be a bitch if botulism rather than the innumerable other defects of this dish does me in.
On the bright side, the resulting lawsuit will set the boys up for life. Who says there are no upsides in Bushworld?
*okay, "had" in my refrigerator. It has been trashed. My only consolation is that i was out of hot dogs anyway.
UPDATE: My source is leaving the job soon but presently works in Public Health at the state level and has some interesting inside dope to share that isn't being talked about openly yet. Take advantage and spread this around if you can; if not just remember where you saw it if it turns out you have a Need to Know: From the CDC FAQ on Botulism:
If you develop signs or symptoms of botulism, seek medical attention immediately. These include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness. If untreated, the illness may progress from head to toe, with paralysis of the face, arms, breathing muscles, trunk, and legs. Symptoms generally begin 18 to 36 hours after eating a contaminated food, but they can occur as early as 6 hours or as late as 10 days.
If your physician suspects botulism, he or she should contact local or state health officials, who may collect any leftover product and cans.
My source, who we will call Deep Chili in honor of the first product known to be botulized, adds the following useful tips:
...if you have any reason to believe you've been affected, talk to your doctor. In fact, talk to your doctor anyway. The Texas cases were in and out of nearby ERs for several days before any doctor even suspected food poisoning. That's typical in cases like these; foodborne botulism is extremely uncommon -- so much so that doctors simply don't look for it: it's on the zebra end of the hoofbeat spectrum.
So maybe you're like me and don't have "a doctor" just delighted to have people with no money or insurance show up at his/her door. You've got the list of symptoms, right? Just wait till they show up (which they most likely won't) and then you can google to see what home remedies you can use.
This will not work for botulism. This is not a bug like salmonella or e. coli that makes you puke and poop and be miserable for a few days then goes away whether you see a doctor or not. This is a toxin which, if the generating organism kicks out enough of it, will paralyze your breathing muscles and kill you.
If you get the symptoms listed above go to the fucking ER and do what you have to do, i.e. lie your ass off and sign any papers shoved in your face "G. W. Cheney". If such untruthfulness troubles you, remember you can pay them back eventually out of the Castleberry lawsuit proceeds.
DISCLAIMER: Of course, we're not medical doctors and we're not offering medical advice. YMMV, your own risk, et cetera.--Lambert