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New Era Canning Recalls More Canned Beans Due to Botulism Risk

Jan 9, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP

New Era Canning Company has issued yet another canned bean recall over botulism fears.  According to a notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Website, New Era Canning Company of New Era, Michigan is recalling several more varieties of canned beans, including Mexican style chili beans, green beans, and dark red kidney beans that were shipped to food service and retail customers.  A record review by New Era Canning revealed that some of the cans from each lot may not have been adequately cooked.  Undercooking canned foods can create an environment where botulism spores can grow.  In December, New Era Canning issued a recall for just over 1,000 cans of green beans because of botulism concerns.

Botulism is an extremely dangerous disease that can lead to paralysis and even death. The disease generally appears between 6 hours and 2 weeks after eating a contaminated food. Symptoms of botulism include blurred vision, drooping eyelids, muscle weakness, slurred speech and difficulty swallowing. Muscle weakness usually appears first in the shoulders, and travels progressively down the body. If not treated properly, botulism can paralyze breathing muscles. Victims can spend months on ventilators until the botulism toxin is out of their system. Anyone who ate a recalled New Era product who is now experiencing any of these symptoms needs to seek medical attention immediately.

This latest New Era Canning bean recall involves GFS brand Fancy Mexican Style Chili Beans in 6 lb. 12 oz. cans, GFS Reorder #192015, UPC 9390119201. The recall is limited to 43 cases of product with 6 cans per case of lot number 00249 5AJ6LC with a 4 digit time stamp number ranging from 2113 through 2235 printed on the end of the can after the lot number (For example: 00249 5AJ6LC 2113). The canned Mexican style chili beans were distributed to Gordon Food Service foodservice customers in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin and sold through GFS Marketplace stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.

Kitchen brand Blue Lake Mixed Cuts Green Beans in 6 lb. 6 oz. cans are also included in the New Era Canning recall.  This portion of the recall is limited to 57 cases with 6 cans per case with lot number 00249 6FG5GA printed on the end of the can.  The canned green beans were not sold at retail, but were distributed to a Michigan restaurant by North Oakland Commodities.

Finally, a number of Great Value brand Dark Red Kidney Beans in 15.5 oz. cans, UPC 7874237085 are being recalled by New Era Canning. This recall is limited to 12 cases with 12 cans per case with lot number 00249 CKJ6LD printed on the end of the can. This lot of canned dark red kidney beans was sold at Wal-Mart Stores in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

According to the FDA notice, some of the recalled New Era cans may be missing the can codes. Any cans of these products without a code should not be opened or used.   Any food that may be contaminated should be disposed of carefully. Even tiny amounts of toxins ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the eye or a break in the skin can cause serious illness. Skin contact should be avoided as much as possible, and the hands should be washed immediately after handling the food. Customers who have the product or any foods made with these products should throw them away immediately. Double bag the cans in plastic bags that are tightly closed, then place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home.  Additional instructions for safe disposal can be found at Anyone with questions can call FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD or New Era Canning at 1-800-282-9007 Ext. 111.

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