Editor’s note: This article was originally published on December 14, 2018. For the most recent updates on food recalls, please visit FoodSafety.gov/recalls.
The great romaine lettuce recall of 2018 is behind us (we hope), and the crisper drawer of your refrigerator is safe from E. coli once again. However, if you haven’t checked your pantry lately, now’s the time. The FDA has issued a recall for 64,242 cases of Del Monte canned corn across 25 states and 12 countries, as of December 11, 2018.
Like us, you probably have a couple cans stashed in the back of your cupboard, so please take a look at them before you start cooking.
What products are recalled?
The Del Monte recall affects only one product: the Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red and Green Peppers. It has been flagged for an incomplete sterilization process that could expose buyers to “spoilage organisms.”
The product has been distributed to grocers like Walmart and Target in the following states: 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.
The cans were also distributed throughout Central and South America, and in the Caribbean.
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How do I know if I have one of these products?
Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to identify the affected product. If you believe you have the recalled item, you can identify it by the UPC code on the label, which reads: 24000 02770. The can holds 15.25 ounces (432 g) and has a “Best If Used By” stamp ending in 2021.
Be on the lookout for these “Best If Used By” dates:
- August 14, 2021
- August 15, 2021
- August 16, 2021
- Sept 3, 2021
- Sept 4, 2021
- Sept 5, 2021
- Sept 6, 2021
- Sept 22, 2021
- Sept 23, 2021
To confirm whether or not your corn is affected by the Del Monte recall, check against a photo of the label provided by the FDA.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
You can return the item to the store where you purchased it for a refund or exchange. If you don’t want to take the item back to the store, simply toss the contents and recycle the can. The FDA says there’s no saving it.
How many people have been affected so far?
On the bright side, no cases of illness concerning this recall have been reported. Regardless, it’s important to make sure you either return the item or throw it out. Del Monte is offering a full refund or exchange for the returned product. It’s definitely better to be safe than sorry.
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