Recalls happen all the time, but with so many food and beverage options on the market, it’s no wonder why. Mistakes — and accidents — are bound to happen. But whether a product is pulled due to contamination, possible contamination, foreign contaminants, mislabeling or undeclared ingredients doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are aware of said recall when it happens.
When it comes to your (and your families’) health, time is of the essence.
So, how do you know which products to toss, which products to keep and which ones to avoid? Well, in order to help keep you abreast of all of the latest recall information, we compiled a handy list of 2018 recall data.
Note: This article is constantly being updated. For the most accurate and up-to-date information about food recalls, be sure to check with the FDA, the USDA, the CDC and/or each individual supplier.
Jennie-O Ground Turkey
Jennie-O is recalling nearly 150,000 pounds of raw ground turkey, as the products may be associated with a recent salmonella outbreak. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the affected items were produced on Sept. 11, and the raw ground turkey products were sold in a variety of packages. You can see the full list of products on the FSIS website.
If you have any of the recalled product, the FSIS advises you discard the it immediately.
On Nov. 6, the Barcelona Nut Co. recalled several varieties of their pistachios and pistachio-based products after a third party identified salmonella in one of their items.
The affected products were sold in Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, California, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey and Georgia and carry the following UPC number: 030239510148.
The recalled pistachios can also be identified by their plastic packaging, which can be red, white and blue or green.
For more information about the recall, visit Food Safety News.
Duncan Hines Cake Mix
Conagra Brands issued a voluntary recall of several varieties of Duncan Hines cake mix after a box of their classic white cake mix tested positive for salmonella.
The recalled flavors include classic white, classic butter golden, signature confetti and classic yellow and were produced between March 7 and 13.
If you have any of these items, do not to consume them. Instead, throw them away and/or return them to the store where they were originally purchased.
Consumers with additional questions can call Duncan Hines' consumer care team at 888-299-7646 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit www.duncanhines.com.
Frito-Lay recalled select 0.5-ounce bags of Smartfood Delight sea salt-flavored popcorn because the packages were inadvertently filled with cheese-flavored tortilla chips that contain undeclared milk ingredients. According to the Food & Drug Administration, the recalled bags were only sold in the two variety packs: the 16-count Smartfood Delight variety pack sack and the 16-count Crunch & Pop Mi" variety pack sack. Affected products will have a "guaranteed fresh" date of Jan. 1, 2019, and a nine-digit manufacturing code of 615325107 printed on the front upper panel.
No other products or flavors are being recalled.
On Oct. 25, UBC Food Distributors voluntarily recalled Baraka Curry Powder and Baraka Hot Curry Powder, as testing revealed the product contained high levels of lead. According to the Food and Drug Administration, less than 20 cases of the powder were shipped stateside, and the contaminated products were produced between June 15 and July 31, 2018.
If you have any containers in your home, discard the product immediately and/or return it to the outlet where it was purchased.
Ready-to-Eat Beef & Poultry Products
Bakkavor Foods USA is recalling nearly 800,000 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products, as the onion ingredient used in the products may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the affected foods were produced between Sept. 27, 2017, and Oct. 15, 2018, and sold at Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter grocery chains.
The following products were recalled:
Harris Teeter BBQ Style Chicken Artisan Pizza with use-by dates from Jan. 7, 2019, to April, 11 2019
Harris Teeter Chicken Sausage, Egg White & Cheese Breakfast Burrito with use-by dates from Jan. 24, 2018, to Oct. 25, 2018
Harris Teeter Bacon, Egg & Cheese Burrito with use-by dates from Jan. 24, 2018, to Oct. 25, 2018
Trader Joe’s Carnitas with Salsa Verde Burrito with use-by dates from Oct. 8, 2017, to Oct. 24, 2018
Potentially contaminated packages will also bear one of the following establishment numbers:
The USDA is advising consumers to discard and/or return any affected products immediately.
On Oct. 18, GHSE, Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, GH Foods and Prime Deli recalled more than 2,800 pounds of ready-to-eat salad because corn in these packs may be contaminated with salmonella and/or listeria.
The contaminated salads were produced and sold from Oct. 5 through Oct. 14, and the following products were affected:
Walmart’s Marketside Fiesta Salad with Steak
Mary’s Harvest Southwest Chicken Wrap with Rib Meat
Trader Joe’s Mexicali Inspired Salad with Chili Seasoned Chicken
GH Foods CA’s Santa Fe Style Salad with Chicken
365 by Whole Foods Market BBQ Style Chopped Salad with Chicken
365 by Whole Foods Market Chicken Fajita Salad
7-Eleven Bistro Southwest Style Salad with Bacon
If you have any of the recalled products in your refrigerator, discard it immediately and/or return them to their place of purchase.
Simple Dishes Microwaveable Meals
Valley Fine Foods has recalled over 35,000 pounds of "heat-treated, not fully cooked meat and poultry products” — i.e. microwaveable meals — due to concerns the items may contain “spoilage organisms that have rendered it unwholesome and unfit for human food,” according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The potentially contaminated products include Simple Dishes Chicken Penne Alfredo, Simple Dishes Chicken Primavera, Simple Dishes Italian Sausage Ziti and Simple Dishes Rigatoni with Meatballs and a Mushroom Cream Sauce.
These items were made (and sold) between Aug. 15 and Oct. 4 in California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and North Carolina.
If you have any of the recalled product, throw it away and/or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
On Oct. 3, Johnston County Hams, a North Carolina-based company, recalled 89,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham, as the product(s) may be contaminated with listeria according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Affected items were produced between April 3, 2017, and Oct. 2, 2018, and you can visit the USDA's website for a full list (and pictures) of all the affected packages.
Johnson County Hams is urging customers to check their refrigerators and freezers and discard any of the affected product, as one death and three illnesses have been linked to the contaminated meat.
JBS Tolleson, Inc. is recalling 6,500,966 pounds of beef, as the affected products may be contaminated with salmonella. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the raw beef items — which include ground beef — were packaged on various dates from July 26 to Sept. 7, 2018, and potentially contaminated products will have “EST. 267” printed on the packaging.
FSIS advises consumers to return and/or trash any affected items as soon as possible.
On Sept. 13, Bob Evans recalled more than 46,000 pounds of pork sausage product, as the affected foods may be contaminated with extraneous materials, including pieces of clear hard plastic.
The sausage links were produced on Aug. 1 and were sold in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The following products have been affected:
12-ounce overwrap trays labeled “Bob Evans Maple Pork Sausage Links.” These products contain a use-by date of Oct. 16 or 19, 2018, and lot code of 8213.
12-ounce overwrap trays labeled “Bob Evans Brown Sugar & Honey.” These products contain a use-by date of Oct. 16, 2018, and lot code of 8213.
12-ounce overwrap trays labeled “Fresh From Meijer Maple Flavored Sausage Links.” These products contain a use-by date of Sept. 6, 2018, and lot code of 8213.
12-ounce overwrap trays labeled “Giant Eagle Maple Pork Breakfast Sausage Links Caramel Color Added.” These products contain a use-by date of Sept. 10, 2018, and lot code of 8213.
12-ounce overwrap trays labeled “Schnucks Maple Recipe Breakfast Sausage.” These products contain a lot code of 8213.
If you have any of these products, the Food Safety and Inspection Service advises you to throw them away immediately or return them to the place of purchase.
Wayne Farms LLC is recalling 438,960 pounds of frozen fully cooked chicken that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal pieces. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the affected products were produced between July 4 through July 17, 2018, and bear the establishment number P-20214 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
For a full list of recalled chicken, click here.
Honey Smacks Cereal
On June 14, the Kellogg company recalled all boxes of Honey Smacks cereal after numerous cases of salmonella were linked to the breakfast food, and on Aug. 31, the Food & Drug Administration updated the recall, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has continued to receive reports of illnesses linked to Honey Smacks.
Consumers should immediately discard any Honey Smacks products they have in their homes and/or return it to the store for a full refund "[e]ven if some of the cereal has been eaten and no one got sick," the CDC said.
Almond Breeze Almond Milk
On Aug. 2, HP Hood LLC voluntarily recalled some of their half-gallon cartons of refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk because the product may contain milk, an allergen not listed on the label.
The recall only affects refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk with a use-by date of Sept. 2 and stamped with the following information:
Use by: Sep 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H5 L1 51-4109Use by: Sep 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H5 L2 51-4109Use by: Sep 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H6 L1 51-4109Use by: Sep 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H6 L2 51-4109
Potentially affected containers were sold in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
While the beverage is still safe to consume, if you have a milk allergy and/or milk sensitivity you should discard the product immediately or return it to your local retailer for a full refund or exchange.
Turkey & Swiss Sub Sandwiches
Lipari Foods LLC issued a voluntary recall of Premo Brand and Fresh Grab Turkey and Swiss submarine sandwiches July 28 due to a possible listeria contamination. The products in question were produced on July 17 and were distributed to stores throughout Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia on July 19.
No illnesses have been reported; however, Lipari Foods has stated that if you have any of the recalled product, you should not consume it.
Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso
On July 24, Kraft Heinz voluntarily recalled 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip because the product was showing signs of product separation — which can allow for botulism growth. No complaints or illnesses have been reported; however, if you have this product you should not eat it. Instead, return it to the store immediately for an exchange or full refund.
Flowers Foods recalled several types of Swiss rolls on July 23 because they may be contaminated with salmonella. The products were carried nationwide and were sold under the following brand names:
Mrs. Freshley's Food LionH-E-BBaker's TreatMarket SquareGreat Value Additionally, Captain John Derst's Old Fashioned Bread — distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina — was also recalled.
Check out the official recall from the FDA to see if your box is one of the affected products, and if you do have one of the listed packages, throw it out or to return it to its place of purchase for a full refund.
On July 23, Pepperidge Farm announced they were recalling four varieties of Goldfish due to a possible salmonella contamination. The affected flavors include:
Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar
Flavor Blasted Sour Cream and Onion
Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar
Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel
While no illnesses have been reported, if you have any of the recalled product you should throw them out immediately or return them to your local store for a full refund. (You can also request a reimbursement online.)
For more information about the recall, read Pepperidge Farms’ official statement.
Mondelez International issued a voluntary recall of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products on July 23. The reason? A potential salmonella contamination. (The whey powder used in both the aforementioned Swiss rolls and Goldfish recall and in Ritz was pulled by the supplier.)
The affected products include:
3-ounce Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag, with a UPC code of 0 44000 00677 8 (March 7, 2019, through April 13, 2019)
1-ounce Ritz Bits Cheese with a UPC code of 0 44000 02025 5 (March 7, 2019, through April 13, 2019)
12-pack carton of Ritz Bits Cheese with a UPC code of 0 44000 02032 3 (March 8, 2019, through April 13, 2019)
30-pack carton of Ritz Bits Cheese with a UPC code of 0 44000 01309 7 (March 3, 2019, through April 13, 2019)
1.5-ounce Ritz Bits Cheese with a UPC code of 0 44000 00929 8 (March 3, 2019, through April 13, 2019)
3-ounce Go Packs of Ritz Bits Cheese with a UPC code of 0 44000 03215 9 (March 7, 2019, through April 12, 2019)
8-ounce Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches with a UPC code of 0 44000 88211 2 (Jan. 14, 2019, through Feb. 11, 2019)
35-ounce Ritz Cracker Sandwiches with a UPC code of 0 44000 00211 4 (Jan. 14, 2019, through Feb. 11, 2019)
8-ounce Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with a UPC code of 0 44000 04566 1 (Feb. 5, 2019, and Feb. 6, 2019)
35-ounce Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with Cheese with a UPC code of 0 44000 04567 8 (Feb. 5, 2019, and Feb. 6, 2019)
8-ounce Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese with a UPC code of 0 44000 04577 7 (Feb.4, 2019, and Feb. 5, 2019)
35-ounce Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese with a UPC code of 0 44000 04578 4 (Feb. 4, 2019, and Feb. 5, 2019)
8-ounce Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese with a UPC code of 0 44000 04579 1 (Feb. 6, 2019, Feb.7, 2019, and Feb. 8, 2019)
35-ounce Ritz Everything Cracker with Cream Cheese with a UPC code of 0 44000 04580 7 (Feb. 6, 2019, Feb.7, 2019, and Feb. 8, 2019)
20-count variety pack of Mixed Cookie Cracker with a UPC code of 0 44000 04100 7 (Feb. 1, 2019, through Feb. 4, 2019)
40-count variety pack of Mixed Cookie Cracker with a UPC code of 0 44000 04221 0 (Jan. 31, 2019, through Feb. 5, 2019)
No illnesses have been reported; however, these products should not be consumed — and should be discarded immediately. If you have any questions about the recall, you may contact Mondelez International at 1-844-366-1171.
On July 13, the FDA and CDC issued a warning cautioning consumers to avoid eating Venezuelan crabmeat, as many crabs from Venezuela have been contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The bacteria, which causes diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever and stomach pain, has infected 12 people so far, and while four individuals were hospitalized, there have been no fatalities.
On July 5, U.K. supermarkets pulled frozen veggies from supplier Greenyard Frozen due to a listeria outbreak. To date, 107 countries have been affected — including the U.K., U.S. and Canada — 47 people have been infected in five European countries, and nine people have died.
You can find a full list of affected products on the Food Standards Agency website.
Del Monte Vegetables
Del Monte recalled 6-ounce, 12-ounce and 28-ounce precut vegetable trays on June 15 due to the presence of Cyclospora parasites — which can cause an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis.
The veggies were sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket and Peapod, and the affected products carry the following UPC codes:
6-ounce Del Monte fresh produce vegetable tray with a UPC code of 7 1752472715 212-ounce Del Monte fresh produce vegetable tray with a UPC code of 7 1752472518 928-ounce Del Monte fresh produce small vegetable tray with a UPC code of 7 1752478604 3If you still have a tray in your fridge, throw it out.
For more information about the recall, visit the FDA.
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