A "compromised hermetic seal" is the cause of a variety of canned S&W Organic Black Beans being recalled; the concern is that the improper seal leaves the food product susceptible to bacteria growth - which in turn can lead to Clostridium botulinum poisoning.  The recalled products were distributed and sold across the country under the S&W brand - which is processed by Faribault Foods, Inc.

At the time, no medical issues have been reported.  The recall was instigated by consumers who called to report that the hermetic seal on their purchased cans had failed.  Since the calls, the problem has been corrected and there are no further concerns with other lot codes.

Here is a listing of the affected S&W brand products with their respective lot codes and distribution dates:

  • S&W Organic Black Beans, 15 ounce cans - Lot Number "Best By JAN 31 2023 1329A 032 21" - Distribution Dates:  February 2021-April 2021
  • S&W Organic Black Beans, 15 ounce cans - Lot Number "Best By FEB 01 2023 1329A 033 21" - Distribution Dates: February 2021-April 2021
  • S&W Organic Black Beans, 15 ounce cans - Lot Number "Best By FEB 02 2023 1329A 034 21" - Distribution Dates: February 2021-April 2021
  • S&W Organic Black Beans, 15 ounce cans - Lot Number "Best By FEB 03 2023 1329A 054 21" - Distribution Dates: February 2021-April 2021
  • O Organic Organic Black Beans, 15 ounce cans - Lot Number "Best By FEB 03 2023 981A 035 21" - Distribution Dates: February 2021-April 2021
  • O Organic Organic Black Beans, 15 ounce cans - Lot Number "Best By FEB 04 2023 978A 036 21" - Distribution Dates: February 2021-April 2021

Consumers who have the affected products are instructed not to consume them.  In addition, they should be returned to the stores from which they were purchased for a refund or replacement.

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Clostridium botulinum poisoning usually begins six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin.  Symptoms include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness.

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