The Connors Brothers Income Fund, based in Canada, was not ready to say last week if it would keep its Augusta, GA canning factory for Castleberry’s brands.

Botulism poisoning in its chili cause forced the plant to shut down a year ago. Since its been back up and running, Connors said its was "stable and performing to expectations"

The recall cost the income fund more than $35 million with litigation remaining on behalf of some of the victims.

Wal-Mart is still shying away from the Castleberry’s brand, which has prevented recovery of sales, according to chief executive Chris Lischewski.

“We still have not regained distribution at our largest customer, which is Wal-Mart,” Mr. Lischewski said.

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