February 2, 2001Fernandes Lupini Beans Recalled
CA (SafetyAlerts) - Consumers who
have purchased canned lupini beans with the label "Fernandes Lupini Beans"
should not eat them because the product was inadequately processed to prevent botulism, a
potentially fatal illness, State Health Director Diana M. Bontá, R.N., Dr.P.H., warned
The 24-ounce jars of beans were only sold directly
from the firm's retail outlet at 4220 Commercial Drive in Tracy. Approximately 52 jars are
not accounted for at this time. No illnesses associated with consuming this product have
been reported to the California Department of Health Services (DHS).
Consumers who purchased the product should
immediately return the product to the Tracy store.
The Tracy-based manufacturer is voluntarily
recalling the lupini beans. The product contained several types of bacteria. Jar lids of
containers observed at the manufacturing plant had begun to bulge due to gas formation by
bacteria in the product and could cause the containers to burst. Such containers should
not even be opened.
Botulism toxin may slowly be produced under
certain conditions. Even tasting a small amount of the product could cause dizziness,
double vision and difficulty in breathing, and general paralysis. People who experience
these symptoms after consuming Fernandes Lupini Beans should seek immediate medical
attention. In severe cases, botulism may also cause death.
Fernandes Sao Jorge Linguica, the manufacturer,
was not licensed to can foods. DHS has ordered the firm to cease production of canned
lupini beans. Licensed canneries processing lupini beans utilize food processes that
prevent the formation of botulism toxin, have frequent regulatory inspections and meet
other requirements that ensure food safety. The manufacturer has fully cooperated with the
DHS investigation, which is continuing.
Consumers with questions about the recall may
phone DHS Food and Drug Branch at (916) 445-2264 or Fernandes Sao Jorge Linguica at
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