The popular canned vegetable producer says their corn wasn't properly sterilized—and could make you very ill.
More than 64,000 cases of Fiesta Corn are being recalled after manufacturer Del Monte Foods says they weren't sterilized properly. If consumed, they could lead to potentially life-threatening foodborne illness.
The Food and Drug Administration reports that the voluntary recall was launched due to "under-processing," which is a deviation from the regular sterilization processes used by manufacturers for commercial food production. Del Monte Foods says that the cans of corn in question could spoil on the shelf, or contain potentially dangerous organisms, pathogens, or bacteria.
Federal safety agencies have yet to report any illnesses or deaths associated with the recall, but there's still potential to get sick so Del Monte Foods is asking shoppers to immediately dispose of the corn, or return it to a point of purchase for a full refund.
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The product is called "Fiesta Corn" and contains red and green peppers. It was shipped across the United States as well as 12 international destinations, mostly across Central America. Those living in 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 could be affected.
The 15-ounce cans have the UPC code "24000 02770" printed directly on the label, and have expiration dates ranging from August to September of 2021. For more information and help clearly identifying the product in question, visit the FDA's official recall posting.