Costco's Recalling Canned Black Beans—Here's Why

Plus, how to tell if your beans are affected and what to do if they are.

April 28, 2021

If you’ve recently bought a can of beans from Costco, you may want to keep reading. Faribault Foods, Inc., who sell many of their foods at the chain, have issued a voluntary recall on some of their canned goods due to a potential compromise of their hermetic seals.

A compromised hermetic seal may cause a can to bloat, leak or even support the growth of certain bacterias like Clostridium botulinum, which can lead to botulism. According to the FDA, botulism “poisoning in humans can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness.”

Before you go tossing any and all cans you may have in your pantry, take a gander at the specific products Faribault is recalling. They’ve issued their official recall on the following items:

  • 15 oz. cans of S&W Organic Black Beans with Best By dates that range from January 31, 2023 to February 3, 2023.

  • 15 oz. cans of O Organic Black Beans with a Best By date of February 3, 2023.

  • 15 oz. cans of O Organic Chili Beans with a Best By date of February 4, 2023.

For more information on specific items recalled, we recommend checking the official FDA release here. No other Faribault Foods, Inc. were affected by this recall. According to the FDA, customers can bring their cans back to the store where purchased for a refund or replacement.

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So, if you find some canned beans in your fridge that you recently bought, it’s best to give them a quick peek before adding them into tonight's dinner—and then hightail into Costco for a batch that's safe to eat.

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Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent's Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he's worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he's most likely to be found eating shawarma.


RHo April 29, 2021
Why does the article say “if you find some canned beans in your fridge”? No one stores canned beans in the fridge.
Love L. April 29, 2021
Wow I love boack beans.
Jan L. April 29, 2021
I just returned 3 cans from an 8 pack. I had eaten 5 of them! Glad I didn't get sick!!!!