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Bean Soup, Olives Recalled Over Botulism Fears

United Natural Foods is recalling certain types of FoodMatch Divina stuffed olives and Tabatchnick Yankee Bean Soup, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.

Consumers are warned not to eat these products even if they do not look or smell spoiled.

In the recall notice, the company said the items were recalled due to a lack of temperature control during the distribution process: “UNFI inadvertently subjected the recall items to temperature ranges above those directed by the manufacturer.”   

No illnesses have been reported.

The recalled foods are:

— Tabatchnick Yankee Bean Soup in 15 oz. red and white boxed containers with black lettering, UPC 07126229491 and “Best If Used By” date of 05 04 14 distributed to the Safeway store in Corte Madera, CA. This date code sold at other retail outlets has not been affected.

— Divina Feta Cheese Stuff Olives in 4 oz. plastic cup containers with a blue and yellow label, UPC 63172352780 and “Best Used By” date of 11 JAN 2012 distributed to:

SAFEWAY #0583 1606 N AVE SPEARFISH SD

SAFEWAY #1577 6520 S ACADEMY ROAD COLORADO SPRINGS CO

SAFEWAY #1615 3325 28TH STREET BOULDER CO

SAFEWAY #1644 7655 MCLAUGHLIN RD FALCON CO

SAFEWAY #2761 1165 MAIN ST LANDER WY

SAFEWAY #2792 27152 MAIN ST CONIFER CO

SAFEWAY #2910 1632 HOVER ROAD LONGMONT CO

— Divina Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives in 4 oz. plastic cup containers with a blue label, UPC 63172352790 Divina Divina Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives are packaged in plastic 4oz cup containers with a blue label and “Best Used By” dates of 11 JAN 2012, 15 DEC 2011, and 30 DEC 2011 distributed in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, South Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming through Carrs, Safeway, Pavilion and Vons. These date codes sold at other retail outlets have not been affected.

Consumers who purchased the recalled Tabatchnick Yankee Bean Soup, Divina Feta Cheese Stuffed Olives, or FoodMatch Inc. Divina Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives should not consume these products and are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information contact Lisa Madsen at 1-401-528-8634, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

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