Canned Organic Beans Sold at Costco Recalled for Potential Botulism Risk
Faribault Foods Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for several varieties of its organic black beans including products that were sold at Costco and other nationwide retail stores over concerns of Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that could produce dangerous toxins that could prove lethal. According to an article on Today.com, cans in the recalled lots may have a compromised hermetic seal, which can affect the integrity of the can causing the packaging to leak, bloat or allow dangerous bacteria to grow inside the product.
Details of the Recall
The company has received numerous consumer complaints about these compromised cans. The recall affects three varieties of canned organic black beans with specific lot codes distributed between February and April of this year. The lot codes can be found at the bottom of the can. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall notice, the company has fixed the problem that led to the hermetic seal failure.
Customers who have purchased these recalled products could bring them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or replacement. Anyone with questions is asked to contact Faribault Foods at 1-888-210-6440 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dangers of Botulism
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by a toxin, which launches an assault on the body’s nerves. Symptoms of botulism typically include weakness of the muscles that control the eyes, face, mouth and throat. This weakness may also spread to the neck, arms, torso and legs. Botulism could also weaken the muscles needed for breathing, which could lead to respiratory issues or even death. If you or someone you know is experiencing these botulism symptoms, it is crucial to see your doctor or go to the emergency room as soon as possible.
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 involved 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.