All dried beans are liable to heat, sweat and ferment if shipped in a damp condition. A musty condition when delivered may be indicative of the beans having been shipped with excessive moisture content. Such condition should not be confused with that arising from improper packing, stowage, storage, etc. Contact with sea or fresh water will also cause moldiness. Beans are liable to infestation by weevil, and if exposed to heat, may breed vermin. White spots or deposits on outside of the beans do not necessarily indicate damage due to external causes. Dried beans develop weevils internally, which eat their way out from the center of the bean and in doing so cause white spots to develop. Subject to a natural loss in weight.
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