Botulism Prompts Old El Paso Recall

MINNEAPOLIS -- General Mills has recalled more than 4,000 cans of Old El Paso Refried Beans Traditional variety that were distributed in Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and Missouri. The company said the products may be contaminated with clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that can cause Botulism.

Routine testing found that the product may have been under-processed. At press time, there were no reported illnesses caused by this product. Cans being recalled have a UPC code of 4600082121. The production date code (printed on the top or the bottom of the can) begins with the first six characters H2FF15.

The recall does not include other flavors of Old El Paso refried beans, including the 31-ounce size of Traditional variety.

Symptoms of botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, include general weakness, dizziness, double-vision, and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Breathing difficulties in breathing and constipation are also common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should be advised to seek immediate medical attention.

Consumers who have purchased Old El Paso Refried Beans Traditional variety with this code date are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. They may contact the company at 1-800-300-8664.
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