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Every Major Food Recall in the Past Year

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Look Before You Eat

They say nothing is certain in life but death and taxes, but we’d add another irksome reality to that list: recalls, recalls, recalls. Government agencies are constantly blasting notices of potentially contaminated food, from meat to produce to packaged products. We’ve been keeping tabs on some of the most notable recalls over the past year, including the third bagged salad recall that's has emptied your store's shelves in under a month. Be sure to check FoodSafety.gov for the most up-to-date information.


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Dole Garden Salad
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Bagged Salad Products (Dole)

Risk: Listeria

In its second such recall in two weeks, Dole is again cautioning that bagged salad products distributed across the nation may be contaminated with listeria. The products, marked with a lot code starting with a W or B below a use-by date between Dec. 22, 2021, and Jan. 9, 2022, contain iceberg lettuce and were sold under brand names Dole, HEB, Marketside, President's Choice, and Little Salad Bar. They were distributed in 30 states and Canada at major retailers including Walmart, Kroger, Aldi, and H-E-B. 


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Ground Beef
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Ground Beef

Risk: E. coli 

Oregon-based Interstate Meat Dist. Inc. is recalling more than 28,000 pounds of ground beef due to potential E. coli contamination. The raw ground beef products were produced Dec. 20 and sold under several different labels at Kroger, Walmart, WinCo Foods, and Albertsons stores. The recall notice confirms the products were shipped to Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Affected products display establishment number “EST. 965” inside the USDA inspection mark.


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Dole Salad Outbreak
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Bagged Salad Products (Dole)

Risk: Listeria

Dole has pulled a laundry list of more than 180 products thanks to possible listeria contamination at two separate processing facilities. The products were sold at major grocers across the country under a variety of labels, including the Ahold, Kroger, Lidl, Marketside, and Simply Nature names, and have best-by dates as late as Jan. 8, 2022. They've been linked to at least 16 illnesses and two deaths, according to the CDC. Affected product lot codes on the upper right corner of each package begin with "N" or "Y."

Fresh Express Salad Products Recall
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Bagged Salad Products (Fresh Express)

Risk: Listeria

Fresh Express has recalled dozens of its bagged salad products after the Michigan Department of Agriculture received a positive test for listeria from one of the brand's salad mixes. The products include everything from coleslaw mix to avocado ranch salad kits under the brand names Fresh Express, Bowl & Basket, Giant Eagle, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, O Organics, and Signature Farms, among others. They were distributed in 19 states and are marked with product codes Z324 to Z350 under the use-by date. The CDC is investigating 10 illnesses and 1 death linked to the products.


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Alexander & Hornung ham
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Pork Products

Risk: Listeria

Michigan-based Alexander & Hornung has recalled more than 2.3 million pounds of pork products because of possible Listeria contamination. Originally, over 230,000 pounds were included in the recall, but the USDA has expanded it tenfold. The fully cooked items were sold at retailers nationwide and include hams, ham steaks, and pepperoni sold under several brand names including Wellshire, Butcher Boy, Garrett Valley Farms, Food Club, Niman Ranch, Open Nature, Big Y, and Five Star, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Affected products have establishment number “EST. M10125” inside the USDA inspection mark. Some of them have best-by dates well into 2022. 


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Kool-Aid Tropical Punch
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Kool-Aid and Country Time Lemonade

Risk: Metal and glass contamination

Kraft Heinz has recalled two of its most popular powdered drink mixes, including some that was sold at Costco. Kool-Aid Tropical Punch and Country Time Lemonade powders may contain metal or glass fragments. The affected mixes were sold in 19-ounce and 82-ounce containers and on-the-go-sticks with best-by dates between June 13, 2023, and Oct. 3, 2023. According to a notice posted on Costco's website, the affected products sold in its stores had best-by dates of Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2023. Customers can call 1-855-713-9237 to determine if their product is part of the recall. 


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Trader Joe's Chili Lime Burgers
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Trader Joe's Chile Lime Chicken Burgers

Risk: Bone fragment contamination

Innovative Solutions announced Nov. 10 that it's recalling nearly 98,000 pounds of raw ground chicken patty products that may be contaminated with pieces of bone. At issue are packages of Trader Joe's Chile Lime Chicken Burgers, as well as Spinach Feta Chicken Sliders that were sold at other stores. The products, which were shipped nationwide, were produced from mid-August through the end of September 2021 and are marked with “EST. P-8276,” printed near the USDA mark of inspection. 


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Tastykake Cupcakes
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Tastykake Cupcakes

Risk: Metal contamination 

Talk about a sweet treat potentially turning sour. Flowers Foods recalled certain batches of Tastykake cupcakes over fears that they may be contaminated by fragments of metal mesh wire. The affected cupcakes, with best-by dates ranging from Dec. 14 to Dec. 21, 2021, were distributed in seven states and Washington, D.C., at stores including Walmart and Target



Aldi Simply Nature Organic Poppyseed Dressing
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Aldi Simply Nature Organic Poppy Seed Dressing

Risk: Botulism  

Aldi is a great place to save on organics, but if you're a fan of its Simply Nature Organic Poppy Seed Dressing, take heed: Drew's Organics, which manufactures the dressing, has recalled several bottles over the potential for microbial growth, including the risk of a toxin that causes botulism, which can be fatal. The dressing was distributed to Aldi in 30 states between Aug. 20 and Sept. 10, 2021, and has a best-by date of Feb. 15, 2023. 


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Fratelli Beretta cured meats
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Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto Products

Risk: Salmonella

Fratelli Beretta, which makes Italian-style meats carried at Costco, has recalled 862,000 pounds of uncured antipasto products including prosciutto, soppressata, salami, and coppa because of possible salmonella contamination linked to as many as 36 illnesses. The meats were sold in vacuum-sealed trays at Costco from February through August 2021 and have best-by dates as late as Feb. 11, 2022. 

Sportsmix Dog Food
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Midwestern Pet Foods

Risk: Aflatoxin

Humans aren’t the only ones at risk when foods are recalled. Midwestern Pet Foods recalled several kinds of dog and cat food at the end of 2020, and the FDA is now warning that those products could be linked to the deaths of 130 dogs, plus more than 200 illnesses. Aflatoxin, which is produced by mold, could be the culprit in at least some of the cases. The recall includes NunnBetter, ProPac, Splash, Sportstrail, and Sportmix brands. Midwestern Pet Foods also issued a separate recall in March because of a salmonella risk. 


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Hostess hot dog and hamburger buns
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Hostess Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Risk: Listeria and salmonella

Hostess voluntarily recalled two products — Hostess Soft White Hamburger Buns and Soft White Hot Dog Buns — after discovering an issue with co-manufacturer Best Harvest Bakeries. Anyone with the recalled buns is encouraged to throw them out or return them to the store where they were bought for a full refund. The buns were sold nationwide and have best-by dates ranging from Aug. 13 to Oct. 4. 


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Frozen Shrimp

Risk: Salmonella

If you've bought frozen shrimp recently (and even not-so-recently), check the label before you thaw them. Frozen shrimp from Avanti Frozen Foods were recalled in August and were distributed nationwide from November 2020 to May 2021. The number of affected brands is large and includes Whole Foods 365, Nature's Promise, Meijer, and Food Lion. The recall also affects tempura rolls sold at Target. At least nine illnesses have been reported so far. 


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KIRKWOOD Raw Stuffed CHICKEN, BROCCOLI & CHEESE
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Serenade Foods Chicken Products

Risk: Salmonella

Indiana-based Serenade Foods announced in August 2021 that it would recall about 60,000 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded, and stuffed chicken products that may be linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened nearly 30 people. The poultry items — chicken cordon bleu and chicken with broccoli and cheese — were sold under the Dutch Farms Chicken, Milford Valley Chicken, and Kirkwood brands (the latter is sold exclusively at Aldi). Look for the establishment number P-2375 inside the USDA inspection mark.

Dry Herbs
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McCormick Seasonings

Risk: Salmonella

McCormick pulled three of the company's spices in mid-2021 for potential salmonella contamination: McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning. The affected products were shipped to 32 states, Bermuda and Canada between June 20 and July 21. While no one has reported getting sick, McCormick is urging customers to toss out the spices (no need to return them to the store) and contact McCormick Consumer Affairs at 1-800-635-2867.


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Muffins from 7-Eleven, Costco, and Walmart
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Muffins

Risk: Listeria

Give & Go Prepared Foods Corp. announced in July 2021 that it was recalling muffins sold at retailers including Costco, Walmart, and 7-Eleven. The list of affected products includes muffins sold under the brands 7-Eleven Selects, The Worthy Crumb, Great Value, and Marketside. 


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Tyson Ready-to-Eat Chicken Products

Risk: Listeria

Major poultry processor Tyson Foods announced a recall of some 8.5 million pounds of frozen cooked chicken items in July 2021. The products, including several varieties of boneless breasts and strips, were marketed under both the Tyson brand and several private labels and sold nationwide at grocery and fast-food chains including Publix, Walmart, and Wegmans, as well as Casey's General Stores and Little Caesars. A complete list of products being recalled can be found here.


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Velvet Ice Cream
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Velvet Ice Cream

Risk: Listeria

Check that ice cream before you dig in: Velvet Ice Cream recalled several products at the end of April for possible listeria contamination. Several brands are affected, including Buehler’s, Discount Drug Mart, North Star, Whale of a Pail, Super Dip, and Velvet. The ice cream was sold in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.


Spinach and Artichoke Sabra Hummus
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Sabra Hummus

Risk: Salmonella

A supermarket staple, Sabra Classic Hummus, was recalled at the end of March because of possible salmonella contamination. The recall was applied to 2,100 cases of the hummus distributed in 16 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Queso Fresco
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El Abuelito Cheese

Risk: Listeria

Few things are better than cheese — except, of course when it makes you ill. After an investigation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tied 13 illnesses, 12 hospitalizations, and one death to contaminated soft cheeses made by El Abuelito. Recalled products were distributed through mid-February 2021 and included string cheese, ricotta, and queso fresco products sold under several brand names in six states. 


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Hot Pockets
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Hot Pockets

Risk: Contamination from glass and plastic

Nestle made headlines in January 2021 when it recalled more than 760,000 pounds of its pepperoni Hot Pockets after a handful of reports that some 12-count packs of the frozen sandwiches were tainted with pieces of glass and plastic. One minor injury was reported, according to the USDA.


Spice Hunter Spices
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