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Minister warns against eating canned corn product

Del Monte Foods Inc. has recalled more than 64,000 cases of corn in 13 countries, including The Bahamas, due to under-processing.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said eating the corn could lead to a life-threatening illness.

The recall is specific to the company’s fiesta corn, seasoned with red and green peppers, and not any of its other products.

“Del Monte Foods Inc. announced a recall of 64,242 cases of fiesta corn, seasoned with red and green peppers, due to under-processing,” the FDA advised in a notice on its website.

“These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.

“It is important to note that there have been no reports of illness

associated with these products to date. No other production codes or products are affected by this recall.”

The notice noted that the products subject to recall are 15.25 ounces (432g) with the UPC number 24000 02770 printed on the label.

The product will also have one of the following, “best if used by”, dates stamped on the bottom of the can: August 14, 2021; August 15, 2021; August 16, 2021; September 3, 2021; September 4, 2021; September  5, 2021; September 6, 2021; September 22, 2021; or September 23, 2021.

The other countries on the recall list include Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, El Salvador, Haiti, Guyana, Uruguay, Aruba, Panama, Saint Lucia, Suriname and 25 American states.

Those American states include 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.

Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands advised Bahamians yesterday to not consume the product under any circumstances.

“The lead agency for food safety is BAHFSA, (The Bahamas Agricultural Health and Food Safety Authority), out of the Ministry of Agriculture, but they certainly interact on a regular basis with the Ministry of Health, and so a press release is now being formulated to be aired starting tonight,” Sands told The Nassau Guardian.

“We have not, in public health, received any reports of any illnesses in relation to this product, but we advise persons to stay away from this particular product. 

“Do not buy it, do not cook it, do not try to eat it; just leave it alone.”

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Sloan Smith

Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas. Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications

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