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Bean sauce sold in Hawaii recalled

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

Hawaiian bean sauce has been recalled voluntarily by First Commercial Kitchen LLC because of potential Clostridium botulinum contamination and the risk of life-threatening illness.

Hawaii Business Group Incorporated, Barb’s Favorite Recipes, and Ohana Seafoods are recalling Barb’s Local Style Black Bean Sauce and Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce because of possible health risks due to the potential growth of Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. The sauce was manufactured by First Commercial Kitchen LLC.

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

The Black Bean Sauce is sold in 12oz. glass jars and labeled as Barb’s Local Style Black Bean Sauce or Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce . The UPC numbers on the product are 6-75981-42491-8 and 7-02003-72739-6. The recalled sauce was distributed on Oahu and Molokai.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. A routine inspection discovered the problem.

Consumers may contact Hawaii Business Group, Incorporated at 808-676-0880 between 7:30AM and 3PM, Monday through Friday for further information.

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Review Date: 
January 21, 2011
Last Updated:
August 17, 2012