A North Carolina company is recalling frozen bean burgers sold in Ohio because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Earth Fare of Fletcher, NC, said the recall of its Spicy Bean Burger was the result of a routine sampling program by the Food and Drug Administration, which revealed that the finished product contained the bacteria.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the bean burgers.

Earth Fare has removed all affected lot codes from all store shelves as the FDA and the company continue their investigation into the cause of the problem. The product was distributed and sold only at the Earth Fare in Akron, OH.

The recalled products are sold in 10-ounce boxes with a UPC code of 8-78602-00518 and lot codes #05311 and #06711. No other frozen veggie Earth Fare products were affected.

Consumers who purchased the recalled product are urged to return it to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call the company by calling 828-281-4800, extension 180, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. 

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.