A previous recall of Castleberry’s Food Company products contaminated with deadly Clostridium botulinum has been expanded significantly to include more than 90 items according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many contaminated canned goods are beginning to swell and explode as a result of the bacterial growth. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), consumers must be especially careful in handling and disposing of these infected products, preventing any kind of human exposure to their contents. The agency’s website provides the following advice regarding proper disposal:
- “Do not open or puncture any unopened can of the recalled product.
- Dispose of food that may be contaminated by placing in a sealable bag, wrapping another plastic bag around the sealable bag, and then taping tightly. Place bags in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside the home and out of reach of humans and pets. Do not discard the food in a sink, garbage disposal, or toilet. Avoid splashing and contact with the skin. Wear rubber or latex gloves when handling open containers of food that you think may be contaminated. Wash hands with soap and running water for at least 2 minutes after handling food or containers that may be contaminated.
- Wipe up spills using a bleach solution (use ¼ cup bleach for each 2 cups of water). Completely cover the spill with the bleach solution. Place a layer of paper towels, 5 to 10 towels thick, on top of the bleach. Let the towels sit for at least 15 minutes, then put the paper towels in the trash. Wipe up any remaining liquid with new paper towels. Clean the area with liquid soap and water to remove the bleach. Wash hands with soap and running water for at least 2 minutes. Sponges, cloths, rags and gloves that may have come into contact with contaminated food or containers should be discarded with the food.”
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