An important warning for Americans who love Bush’s Baked Beans: those cans you love so much just might hurt you. Bush Brothers & Company announced a large recall this week on several of its most popular products. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe and determine whether yours are affected.
• The recall affects three specific flavors: Brown Sugar Hickory, Original Baked, and Country Style Baked Beans. All are 28-ounce cans; larger and smaller cans aren’t impacted.
• You can identify whether your product is affected by checking the lid or base for specific UPCs and lot codes. In the next few sections, we’ll outline these numbers per specific variety.
• For Brown Sugar Hickory Smoked Baked Beans, look for the UPC 0 39400 01977 0 alongside lot codes 6097S GF or 6097P GF.
• For Country Style Baked Beans, look for the UPC 0 39400 01974 9 and Lot Codes 6077S RR, 6077P RR, 6087S RR, and 6087P RR.
• For Original Baked Beans, look for the UPC 0 39400 01614 4 and Lot Codes 6057S LC and 6057P LC.
• Additionally, all impacted cans have a Best By date of June 2019. Older and newer cans are not affected by the recall, at least that we are aware of just yet.
• Issues with the product stem from a weakened and defective side seam that allows the product to leak out. This same weakening may also allow bacteria in, raising the risk for botulism and other forms of food poisoning.
• Bush Brothers has noted that you shouldn’t eat beans from any of these affected cans, even if you inspect the can and it appears sound in structure. Instead, you should contact Bush Brothers or your local retailer to return the product directly.