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

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

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.

More information

illy Espresso Canada, Inc.:

  • 197 Main Street, Fredericton, NB E3A 1E1
  • Telephone: 855-282-4682 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday - Friday
  • Email:
  • Website:

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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