Del Monte Foods Inc. is recalling more than 64,000 cases of canned corn because the corn did not go through the entire sterilization process and could cause life-threatening illness if eaten. Some of these tins have been sold in parts of the Caribbean including Guyana.
According to a USA Today report, the Walnut Creek, California, company recalled 64,242 cases of Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers due to under-processing, the company told the Food & Drug Administration on Wednesday. The departure from the commercial sterilization process could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, Del Monte Foods said.
That in turn could lead to life-threatening illness if eaten, the company says. As of now there have been no reports of illness associated with the products.
The 15.25-ounce cans of corn have the UPC number “24000 02770” on the label. The cans will also have “Best if Used By” dates ranging from August 14-16, 2021, Sept. 3-6, 2021 or Sept. 22-23, 2021.
The product was sold in 25 states: 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 canned corn was also sold in 12 countries: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, El Salvador, Haiti, Guyana, Uruguay, Aruba, Panama, Saint Lucia and Suriname.
Consumers should return the canned corn to the store they purchased it for a full refund or exchange, Del Monte says. Consumers with questions can also call the company’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-779-7035 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET) or visit the company’s web site.