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December 27, 2007: Canned Green Beans Recalled Due To Risk Of Botulism

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), New Era Canning Company, located in New Era, Michigan, has issued a recall for GFS Fancy Blue Lake Cut Green Beans because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium capable of causing a life-threatening type of food poisoning known as botulism.

Subject to the recall are 171 cases (six cans per case) of 6 lbs. 5 oz. cans of GFS Fancy Blue Lake Cut Green Beans, 4 Sieve, lot code 19H7FL printed on the end of the can (GFS reorder #118737 and UPC 93901 11873). Consumers should not use the green beans even if the product does not look or smell spoiled.

The canned green beans were distributed to foodservice customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. In Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, the beans were sold through GFS (Gordon Food Services) Marketplace stores.

With regard to the potentially contaminated green beans, the FDA warns:

“Any food that may be contaminated should be disposed of carefully. Even tiny amounts of toxins ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the eye or a break in the skin can cause serious illness. Skin contact should be avoided as much as possible, and the hands should be washed immediately after handling the food. Customers should not be encouraged to return product to Gordon Food Service. Customers who have the product or any foods made with these products should throw them away immediately. Double bag the cans in plastic bags that are tightly closed then place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home. Restaurants and institutions are encouraged to assure that such products are only placed in locked receptacles which are not accessible to the public. Additional instructions for safe disposal can be found at Anyone with questions can call FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.”

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this latest recall linked to botulism. For more information about botulism, please visit the following pages on the website Botulism and Botulism Symptoms.

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