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Del Monte recalls their Fiesta Corn as they could lead to life-threatening illnesses

Manuela Cardiga
Dec 13, 2018
05:24 P.M.

Del Monte Foods has issued a recall on Canned Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers due to under-processing.

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Del Monte Foods, one of the largest producers of food products in the U.S. retail market has announced a recall of 64,242 cases of their Canned Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers.

According to the FDA, the recall is due to fear that underprocessing during the canning may lead to contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens., which could lead to life-threatening intoxication.

FDA ASKS CONSUMERS TO LOOK OUT FOR THE UPC NUMBER

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The products being recalled have been distributed to 25 states and 12 international locations. Del Monte has alerted retailers and consumers to return 15.25-ounce cans of their Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers with the UPC number 24000 02770.

The Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers cans suspected of contamination will have one of the following “Best if Used By” dates:

August 14, 2021; August 15, 2021; August 16, 2021

Sept 3, 2021; Sept 4, 2021; Sept 5, 2021; Sept 6, 2021; Sept 22, 2021; Sept 23, 2021

Del Monte has assured consumers that the recall is a precaution and that no cases of illness related to the Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers have been reported.

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RECALL INVOLVES 25 STATES AND 12 FOREIGN COUNTRIES

States under alert for the recall are Alaska, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The product was also exported to the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, El Salvador, Haiti, Guyana, Uruguay, Aruba, Panama, Saint Lucia, Suriname.

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CONSUMERS ARE REQUESTED TO HAND IN RECALLED PRODUCT

Del Monte has appealed to consumers to return their cans of Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers to their retailers and has assured the public that they would be issued a full refund.

Del Monte has assured consumers that the recall is a precaution and that no cases of illness related to the Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers have been reported.

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UNDERPROCESSING CAN LEAD TO DEADLY INTOXICATION

The canning process which was not completed in the recalled Del Monte product is intended to kill spoilage bacteria such as Clostridium botulinum. The combined heat and canning process form a vacuum-seal, prevent bacteria from growing and keep food from spoiling. If the process is ineffective, bacteria like Clostridium botulinum can flourish.

Clostridium botulinum's danger resides in that it releases the toxin that causes botulism in the oxygen-free environment of a sealed can.

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WHY BOTULISM IS SO DANGEROUS

The danger of botulism intoxication is that although normal cooking will kill Clostridium botulinum bacteria, it will not affect its spores; and therefore cooking contaminated food will not eradicate the danger.

Those affected by the toxin will display symptoms from between 6 hours and 10 days after the contamination. Symptoms range from complaints of a dry mouth, facial weakness, blurred or double vision, drooping eyelids. trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.

In a related story, CTI Foods LLC is recalling 29,000 pounds of sausage after fears of metal contamination in "Jimmy Dean Heat 'n' Service Original Sausage Links Made with Pork & Turkey."

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