Botulism Update

By Corinne Rose

June 18, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2007 at 5:40 PM EDT

(Fort Wayne, IN) -- Health experts say there are still thousands of cans of Castleberry's food on store shelves -- and possibly in your pantry -- that are potentially tainted with botulism.

90 Castleberry's products could be tainted with bacteria that causes the botulism toxin.

But even with a nation-wide recall, local health officials say spot-checks in our area found cans still on shelves in gas stations and convenience stores.

And they say this threat cannot be taken seriously enough.

Mindy Waldron/Allen Co. Health Department: "From what we're hearing, there are still a lot of products nationwide that have not been taken off the shelves. Botulism's so much different than most of the illnesses we deal with because it can lead to death. We need to focus out efforts in getting the products off the shelves and out of the homes."

So what should you do if you think you have a can of tainted Castleberry's products in your cupboard? Health experts say you should take the can, put it in a Ziplock bag, seal it tight, and then throw it out. However, if you're too late and it's already exploded in your cupboard, there are proper precautions that you should take for the clean up process.

Mindy Waldron/Allen Co. Health Department: "Mixing a one-to-eight bleach solution, that's a quarter cup bleach to a two-cup water. Put it over that, whatever has spilled or leaked. Cover it with a lot of paper towels, let is set for 15 minutes -- hoepfully that'll kill the bacteria. Scoop it up with your gloves, throw that away. And then wash your hands for about two minutes with soap and warm water."

The local couple who've been diagnosed with botulism are said to be slowly improving.

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