Walmart Sells Can Included In Botulism Recall

An article from the Hattiesburg American claims a Mississippi women bought a recalled can of hot dog chili sauce (the same product that has sickened 4 people with botulism) at a Walmart after the recall had been announced on July 19th, but before it had been widely publicized in the newspapers.

From the Associated Press:

Eva Fountain, 61, says she shared a potentially bad can of the Castleberry’s Food chili sauce with her husband and two grandchildren.

Fountain told The Sun Herald newspaper on Wednesday that she called the company and it confirmed the can she purchased at the D’Iberville Wal-Mart was part of the recall.

Fountain said that as of late Wednesday, no one in her family had shown any symptoms of botulism.

Castleberry recalled its products after four people became ill after eating their hot dog chili sauce, which Fountain also ate.
A Wal-Mart spokesman said the products have been pulled from the shelves.

Fountain said she purchased the can last week before the recall was widely publicized and left for a camping trip before she heard about the recall.

The issue this story brings to mind (other than Walmart’s recall issues) is the fact that someone like Ms. Fountain probably relies pretty heavily on print newspapers or TV news to learn about recalls and, let’s face it, TV doesn’t offer as much information as a website that contains a full list of recalled products.

That’s why it’s up to the Consumerist readers to watch out for people who are not as well-informed. If you see recalled products on store shelves, say something! Tell us! Send a cameraphone photo to tips [at] consumerist [dot] com.

Coast woman claims she bought potentially botulism-tainted chili sauce
[Hattiesburg American via Writing on the Wal]



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  1. Cowboys_fan says:

    I’m guessing Wal-Mart’s immediate response was to put it on sale

  2. B says:

    Does it come with a free nazi t-shirt?

  3. bluemeep says:

    @B: No, but I’m sure you could get some free chemical burn sandals if you raise a stink at Customer Service about it.

  4. nidolke says:

    If you shop at Wal-Mart, you deserve the botulism.

  5. ArtDonovansDrunkenLovechild says:

    This is why I am ready to quit reading this site. 4 comments, 3 making stupid jokes and one insulting Walmart customers… I love the elitest on this site, so classy.

    Deadspin has fewer assholes.

  6. forever_knight says:

    the onus should be on retailers, not consumers. it’s much easier to inform 20,000 stores than to inform 150million shoppers.

    proposed new law: once notified of recall, retailers have X number of hours to remove and destroy all products involved with the recall or face fines of unbelievable size.

  7. catnapped says:

    @Cowboys_fan: Either a quick “Rollback” or a drastic clearance (hoping it leaves the store before they get fined/cited)

  8. topgun says:


    But if you go there they’ll have one more.

  9. spinachdip says:

    @ArtDonovansDrunkenLovechild: Yeah, good thing there’s no irrelevance or smugness on Deadspin. Not. One. Bit.

    At this point, Wal Mart’s demonstrated its disregard for quality control, so there’s not much to discuss here. But I’ve always wondered the wisdom of getting chili in a can, when it’s one of the easiest and cheapest dishes to make, not to mention avoiding trouble like this.

  10. spinachdip says:

    @spinachdip: and make that irrelevance and irreverence. That’s a mouthful.

  11. 6BilBeauties says:

    I worked for Meijer for 15 years. We had a recall alert e-mail that had to be responded to in 4 hours. All of management recieved the e-mail for any recalled product to ensure that it was reacted to immediatly.

  12. Cowboys_fan says:

    @ArtDonovansDrunkenLovechild: So what makes your post insightful? Are we supposed to be defending wal mart? We’re all out of comments when it comes to these recalls, all we have left is humor.

  13. bluemeep says:

    @ArtDonovansDrunkenLovechild: Stupid jokes aren’t elitist. Wishing death by nerve toxins might be considered slightly so, but don’t you dare slander the tee-hees in such a manner. We titter because we love.

  14. floofy says:

    What?? I can’t believe it!! Walmart wouldn’t sell poisonous chili sauce!!

  15. Bill Brasky says:

    These are the same anthropoids that rushed a store opening to coincide with a high sales weekend.

  16. Ncisfan says:

    @nidolke: ok so what your saying here is that because i shop at Walmart I deserve to get a potently life threatening bacterial infection!!
    FUCK YOU!!!!! Go back to hell and fornicate with satin you bastard!!!

    anyway, It’s not surprising that they would sell bad chili sauce after all the great people at Walmart are the same ones who brought you:
    Nazi T-shirts, Poison Thomas the tank engine toys, poison dog food, loss of American jobs, ghost towns, evil 30 y/o employees who like to harass children, and so much more.

  17. Havok154 says:

    Don’t worry everyone, they just pulled the remaining product from their shelves.

    Too bad the morning stock team will make sure it’s right back on the shelf before they open.

  18. Mr. Gunn says:

    Y’all don’t understand that Wal-Mart is the only place to buy anything in D’Iberville and so many other small town around the South. There’s literally no other option. I mean, maybe there’s a Piggly-Wiggly on the other side of town that has dim lighting and smells bad, but other than that, no.

    If they’re gonna make themselevs the only option, they’d damn well better take the responsibility that come with it.

    /I’ll be over here fornicating with satin

  19. Trackback says:

    Looks like Wal-Mart is not being forthright with consumers, again. As if customers would not notice if their usual dog treats were no longer on the shelves. Why is it that this is happening again and again and again and again?