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New Era Canning Company, in conjunction with the FDA, is recalling all cans of green beans and garbanzo beans in #10 cans because they may be contaminated by Clostridium botulinum bacterium spores. The codes on the recalled products start with “00249,” or the letters “GREEN” or “GARB”. The recall doesn’t include Italian Green Beans.

Clostridium botulinum bacterium spores have the potential for growth that produces a toxin that causes a potentially fatal form of food poisoning – botulism. Symptoms of botulism poisoning in humans can begin from 6 hours to 2 weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness that moves progressively down the body, affecting the shoulders first, then descending to the upper arms, lower arms, thighs, and calves. Botulism poisoning also can cause paralysis of the breathing muscles, which can result in death.

The problem with the product was found during an FDA inspection. None of the products tested positive for the toxin and no one has reported any illness. This recall only affects the products in the large #10 cans. The code on the cans are embossed or printed in ink on the metal can ends.

Consumers should avoid all contact with the with the recalled product. Ingesting even the smallest amount of contaminated food can cause serious illness. If consumers handle the food they should was their hands immediately. When throwing the food away, double bag the cans and place in a non-recycle trash receptacle.

To see a list of the recalled product labels visit this website.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

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