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New Era Canning Company announced an expanded nationwide product recall because of a potential Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) contamination to all canned green beans and garbanzo beans distributed by them over the past five years.

C. botulinum can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes fatal condition. Botulism symptoms can start anywhere from 6 hours to 2 weeks after eating contaminated food. Symptoms can include droopy eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, blurred vision and muscle weakness that moves down the body. In extreme cases botulism can cause paralysis of the breathing muscles.

To date, no illnesses have been reported to the FDA; however, they advise consumers to avoid eating any of the recalled products even if they appear normal, because of potential risk of serious illness or death.

Consumers can view a list of specific brands and codes of recalled green beans and garbanzo beans included in the recall.

Greens beans with code beginning with “00249” or “GREEN”, or garbanzo beans with code beginning with “00249” or “GARB”, or products with no code or absence of a code that are subject to this recall should not be opened or used, and should be disposed.

Please note: New Era Canning Company also produces private label products as well and therefore other products are included in the recall.

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