New FDA Botulism Warning: Canned green beans
August 7, 2007
Another health alert has been issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a Botulism warning. The new warning is for canned green beans sold nationwide under a variety of brand names. This warning is not related to the earlier recent warning for botulism related to chili sauces and pet foods.
The affected cut green beans are sold under the following labels:
Albertson's, Happy Harvest, Best Choice, Food Club, Bogopa, Valu Time, Hill Country Fare, HEB, Laura Lynn, Kroger, No Name, North Pride, Shop N Save, Shoppers Valu, Schnucks, Cub Foods, Dierbergs, Flavorite, IGA, Best Choice and Thrifty Maid.
U.S. health officials are warning consumers not to eat certain brands of French Cut Green Beans in 14.5 ounce cans manufactured by Lakeside Foods Inc, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin because the product may not have been processed adequately to eliminate the potential for botulism toxin.
The canned green beans may cause botulism if consumed. FDA is providing this warning to make consumers aware of the possible risk of serious illness from eating these products. As of August 1, 2007, FDA had not received reports of illnesses related to the product.
The specific codes (top line of can code) involved are:
EAA5247, EAA5257, EAA5267, EAA5277, EAB5247, EAB5257, ECA5207, ECA5217, ECA5227, ECA5297, ECB5207, ECB5217, ECB5227, ECB5307.
Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should dispose of them immediately. If the code on an affected can is missing or unreadable, consumers should throw the product out.
Lakeside Foods has informed FDA that it is voluntarily recalling all of the potentially contaminated products. Consumers with any questions or concerns about the recall should call the company at 800-466-3834 ext. 4090.