Canned Beans Recalled for Breaks in Hermetic Seal
Faribault Foods has voluntarily extended a recall of three types of canned beans after consumers alerted the company that there were breaks in the cans’ hermetic seal.
According to Consumer reports, food in an improperly sealed can is susceptible to bacterial growth, particularly the Clostridium botulinum, which could potentially cause botulism. Consuming food that comes in an unsealed container could result in food poisoning cases.
Details of the Recall
The beans involved in this recall are 15-ounce cans of S&W Organics Chili Beans distributed between August 2020 and April 2021. This is an extension of a recall of the same products in April. So far, no illnesses have been reported. The products carry “best by” dates of July 19, 2022, through March 16, 2023, along with a lot code on the bottom of the can.
The beans were shipped to stores in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. The previously recalled beans have different lot codes and best-by dates. One of the recalled beans, S&W Organic Black Beans, is sold at Costco, which has issued its own recall. These recalled products can be returned to the point of purchase for a full refund.
The Problem with Broken Seals
A hermetic seal essentially allows a can to be airtight and allows there to be a vacuum inside the can. This is important to keep the contents of the can safe and to prevent contamination. Cans with broken seals might leak or bloat. More importantly, the could also promote bacterial growth inside the can including the Clostridium botulinum, a type of bacteria that causes a toxin that can impact a person’s nervous system when consumed. If a can is broken, damaged, or bloated, do not buy it. If you have such cans at home, don’t consume the product inside.
Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, problems swallowing, and muscle weakness. If you or a loved one has been sickened by a contaminated product, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. You may be able to hold the food manufacturer, processor, retailer, or other parties accountable for your damages and losses. An experienced California food poisoning lawyer will be able to help you analyze your legal rights and options.