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FDA Warns of Botulism Risk Linked to Canned Green Beans

No cases of reported illness, but company did not adequately treat cans to remove risk

FRIDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday that some brands of French cut, canned green beans may possibly be contaminated with botulinum toxin. The 14.5-ounce cans were produced by Lakeside Foods Inc., of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and sold under a variety of labels.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the canned beans, and the warning is unrelated to other food products recently reported to pose a botulism risk.

The company is recalling 15,000 cases of the beans, which were sold in 20 states.

"Lakeside is asking consumers who have cans of the French Style Green Beans with the following in the top line of the can code to return them unopened to the place of purchase. EAA5247, EAA5257, EAA5267, EAA5277, EAB5247, EAB5257, ECA5207, ECA5217, ECA5227, ECA5297, ECB5207, ECB5217, ECB5227 and ECB5307," according to a company statement.

The beans are sold under the following labels: Albertson's, Happy Harvest, Best Choice, Food Club, Bogopa, Valu Time, Hill Country Fare, HEB, Laura Lynn, Kroger, No Name, North Pride, Shop N Save, Shoppers Valu, Schnucks, Cub Foods, Dierbergs, Flavorite, IGA, Best Choice and Thrifty Maid.

"Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should dispose of them immediately. If the code on an affected can is missing or unreadable, consumers should throw the product out," according to an FDA statement.

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