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This Major Costco Recall Was Just Extended, FDA Says

It now includes more products you could have in your kitchen right now.

Back in late April, Costco emailed customers about a recall involving black beans purchased between Feb. 19 and April 20, because the cans may have a compromised hermetic seal. This means the cans could leak, bloat, or allow harmful bacteria, like Clostridium botulinum to grow. That recall was just updated to include even more cans that were distributed as far back as August 2020.

According to the original recall announcement posted by the FDA and the email sent by Costco, only six lot numbers were involved. The beans recall now includes 16 lot numbers that were sent to retail stores like Costco in California, Washington, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, and Idaho.

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The recall was initiated after customers complained about the failure of the seal, which was then corrected, Fairbault Foods, Inc. says. Costco then notified customers who purchased them. It's unclear if the chain has notified more members who may have the newly recalled cans in their kitchen.

The three types of beans involved include:

  1. S&W Organic Black Beans
  2. O Organics Organic Black Beans
  3. O Organics Organic Chili Beans

All come in 15-ounce cans and have best-by dates ranging from July 19, 2022, to March 16, 2023. To see the full list of the lot codes, go to the FDA's website.

Consuming the beans should they contain Clostridium botulinum can lead to a serious illness that develops anywhere from six hours to two weeks later.

"Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness. Botulism poisoning can cause paralysis of the breathing muscles, which can result in death unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided," the recall notice says.

Customers who have these cans from Costco and other retailers should not consume them and instead return them to the store for a full refund or replacement.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda