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Goya recalls cans of red kidney beans

By The Star Staff

Goya Red Kidney Beans are being recalled in Puerto Rico and St. Croix because some cans are bulging and swollen, and may be leaking, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Red kidney beans are a staple in Puerto Rican cookery.

The recall was initiated on March 21 and is on the FDA’s Enforcement Reports page. It was triggered when an FDA inspector found the swollen and leaking cans during a routine inspection. Some 1,349 cases of the product are included in the recall.

The notice does not say whether there were any adverse reactions from anybody consuming the product. The recalling firm is Tradewind Foods de Puerto Rico Inc. of Bayamón.

According to the FDA, the cans could bulge and leak due to microbial spoilage and gas production, overfilling, defects, punctures, and rough handling. The most serious problem could be contamination with Clostridium botulinum spores, which produce botulism toxins. Such toxins can be fatal when ingested, posing a significant health risk.

The recalled product was sold at the retail level in Puerto Rico and St. Croix. It is Goya Red Kidney Beans packaged in metal cans that weigh 15.5 ounces (439 grams). Each case contains 24 cans. The code for the item is A2402-8BB, and the expiration date stamped on the product label is 03/04/2029. The FDA says the product should not be consumed even if it is reheated. The product can be taken back to the store for a full refund.

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