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An “urgent” product recall for canned stews, chilis, dog food and other products has been issued by the FDA because of a possible contamination by Botulism. Botulism is a nerve toxin that can cause paralysis. Several people have been hospitalized after eating the recalled food.

“This is a very big recall,” David Elder of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s office of regulatory affairs told reporters, deeming it an “urgent public health matter.”

“These products can hurt people. And they have to be off the store shelves. And consumers have to discard any that they have at home,” Elder added.

80 different types of canned goods are included in the recall. All of the products were manufactured at a plant in Georgia. The facility has been shut down.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

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