Costco Black Bean Recall Extended Due to Clostridium Botulinum Bacterial Contamination Risks
FDA – According to a news article posted on eatthis.com, Costco emailed its customers concerning three organic black bean products under recall back in late April. At that time, the recall affected organic black beans that were purchased between February 19, 2020, and April 20, 2020. This new recall states that the cans were manufactured with a defective hermetic seal that could cause the cans to leak, bloat, or enable bacteria such as Clostridium Botulinum to grow inside the cans leading to dangerous health issues. This recall has just been updated to include additional food products that were distributed back in August 2020.
According to the first recall notice that was published on the FDA website, there were only six lot numbers involved in the recall. However, the black being recall now affects 16 additional lot numbers. The affected black bean products were distributed to retail stores like Costco in California, Utah, Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Georgia, Texas, and Idaho.
The recall was Initiated following customer complaints that the cans’ seals were defective and failing. That issue was resolved and corrected by its manufacturer, Fairbault Foods, Inc. The report states that it’s unclear if Costco has notified its members of the newly recalled organic bean products.
The canned organic bean products affected by this recall include:
- S & W Organic Black Beans
- O Organics Organic Black Beans
- O Organics Organic Chili Beans
The recalled organic black bean products are packaged in 15-ounce aluminum cans and have “Best Buy” dates that range from July 19, 2022, to March 16, 2023.
According to the news report, the FDA states that if an individual consumes a product containing Clostridium Botulinum, that individual can experience a serious illness that may develop anywhere from “six hours to two weeks later. “The symptoms of Clostridium Botulinum include blurred vision, double vision, slurred speech, drooping eyelids, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing. In addition, botulism poisoning could cause the paralysis of breathing muscles leading to death unless the patient is placed on mechanical ventilation.
The recall announcement urges customers who have purchased the recalled products to not consume the products and return the cans to Costco to receive a full refund or replacement product.
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