ATLANTA — The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here has posted on its website specific disposal instructions for those handling cans of Castleberry’s products that have been recalled due to a risk of botulism contamination. The CDC advises that unopened cans of these products be placed in a sealable bag and wrapped with two plastic bags that should then be tightly taped closed. The bundle should be disposed of in trash that is out of reach of humans and pets. Subsequently, handlers should wash their hands with soap and running water for at least two minutes, according to the CDC. Those disposing opened cans of recalled products should follow the same process while wearing gloves and eye protection. The CDC is advising that gloves be removed slowly and disposed of after use. Publix Super Markets is giving this advice to its website visitors: “If you are planning to return these items to a Publix store, please follow the CDC recommendations of placing the unopened can in a sealable bag, wrap two plastic bags around it and tape it tightly. Wash hands with soap and running water for at least two minutes.” Although such packaging may pose identification challenges for Publix employees, “first and foremost our concern is to safely get the products off the shelves and pantries of consumers,” said Maria Brous, spokeswoman for the chain. “Our stores are aware of the recall and are processing refunds for the products, no questions asked.” Many products contaminated with botulinum toxin do not taste or look any different than normal, according to the CDC. Four cases of botulism have been reported to the CDC: two cases from Indiana and two from Texas. A list of recalled products can be found at www.castleberrys.com.
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