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The FDA announced a recall on canned black beans from Faribault Foods, Inc. The initial recall happened on May 17th when officials stated their concerns about clostridium botulinum poisoning. Since then, the black bean recall has been expanded due to a potential botulism risk as well.

The main issue with these cans is the hermetic seals. According to the FDA, these seals were compromised, which could cause cans to “leak, bloat, or allow bacteria to grow inside the product which could lead to serious illness,” according to their statement.


The Mayo Clinic tells us that signs and symptoms of foodborne botulism typically begin between 12 and 36 hours after the toxin gets into your body. Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty swallowing or speaking
  • Dry mouth
  • Facial weakness on both sides of the face
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting and abdominal crampsv
  • Paralysis

The first recall on May 17th featured six lots of black beans, which were distributed in California, Washington, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, and Idaho. According to The Thrillist, “The updated list expands from six to 16 lots. All of the lots are under the label of 15-ounce cans of S&W Organic Black Beans, 15-ounce cans of O Organic Organic Black Beans, or 15-ounce cans of O Organic Organic Chili Beans.”

If you have one of these cans of black beans, toss it out immediately! Even if the seal appears to be intact. Alternatively, some stores are offering a replacement can of black beans in exchange for the recalled can. For more info and the complete list of best-by dates and recalled cans, head over to the FDA recall page.