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1.6 Million Cases of Beans Are Being Recalled in These 22 States, FDA Says

Eight bean varieties sold at the major grocers "pose a potential health risk," the maker has revealed.

The Food and Drug Administration has published an advisory to notify consumers in nearly half of U.S. states that a huge quantity of products has been recalled by a widely distributed nonperishable foods brand. The eight varieties of recalled beans are sold at retailers such as Walmart, Sam's Club, Kroger, and more. Here's what you need to know.

On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration posted a recall notice that had been published the previous day by the Cincinnati-based Randall Foods Inc. Randall announced that they were voluntarily recalling eight varieties of their beans "because of manufacturing deviations that may pose a potential health risk."

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As a result, Randall recalled 1.6 million cases of the following eight varieties of beans, which came in 15.4-ounce, 24-ounce, or 48-ounce glass jars:

  • Great Northern beans
  • black beans
  • navy beans
  • kidney beans
  • garbanzo beans
  • Ultimate 4-Bean Mix
  • pinto beans
  • mixed beans

The recall was issued for the following states where the Randall beans were distributed: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

Randall says the safety concern is the result of "a nonfunctioning temperature indicating device, raising the possibility that the product was not effectively processed. Processing at temperatures below a required temperature could create a condition that could lead to premature spoilage or food borne illness."

Randall notes that no illnesses have been reported as a result of the possible malfunction. However, they state, "Consumers who have purchased jars of Randall-brand beans, regardless of the 'Best By' date, should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund."

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more about Krissy