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This archive of previously issued food recalls and allergy alerts is provided for reference and research purposes.

Users should note that the products listed in the archive have been subject to removal from the marketplace or appropriate corrective action. Food recalls or allergy alerts are not an indication of the food safety status of products produced at a later date.

Food Recall Warning - illy brand whole coffee beans recalled due to swelling cans from missing air valve

From: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Recall date:
May 11, 2018
Reason for recall:
Hazard classification:
Class 3
Company / Firm:
illy Espresso Canada, Inc.
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:

Recall details

Ottawa, May 11, 2018 - illy Espresso Canada, Inc. is recalling illy brand whole coffee beans from the marketplace due to swelling cans that are missing an air valve. Due to a manufacturing flaw, there is the potential that products were packaged without a necessary air valve, and carbon dioxide from degassing beans may accumulate within the coffee can, which could cause the coffee can to expand, creating pressure for the can's lid to suddenly detach with force upon opening. Consumers should not open or use the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC Code(s) on Product
illy Coffee Beans – Dark Roast 250 g 7 33411 07721 6 Best Before 10/2019 and 11/2019
illy Coffee Beans – Medium Roast 250 g 7 33411 00009 2 Best Before 10/2019 and 11/2019

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.


This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.


There have been no reported injuries in Canada associated with these products.

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