Romaine Lettuce Thrown Away After Recall Scare
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Every Major Food Recall in the Past Year

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Romaine Lettuce Thrown Away After Recall Scare
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Look Before You Eat

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, but be sure to check FoodSafety.gov for the most up-to-date information. 


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Velvet Ice Cream
Walmart
Spinach and Artichoke Sabra Hummus
Amazon

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.


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Midwestern Pet Foods
Amazon

Midwestern Pet Foods

Risk: Salmonella

Humans aren’t the only ones at risk from salmonella. Midwestern Pet Foods recalled multiple kinds of dog and cat food in March, including dozens of products bearing the Earthborn Holistic, Meridian, Pro Pac, Sportmix, Sportstrail, and Venture brand names. The pet food was distributed nationwide and exported to 18 countries. 


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Ravioli
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Avanza Pasta

Risk: No federal inspection

Just under 10,000 pounds of fresh and frozen meat and poultry pasta products made it to store shelves and restaurants in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin without federal inspection, leading to a recall announced in March. Well over a dozen brands are affected, including Ambrosino’s, Avanza, Conte Di Savoia, Gene’s, Nature’s Best, and Piatto Pronto. 


Related: Foods That Are Dangerous if Not Prepared Properly

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 CDC has tied 13 illnesses, 12 hospitalizations, and one death to contaminated soft cheeses made by El Abuelito. Recalled products were distributed through mid-February and included string cheese, ricotta, and queso fresco products sold under several brand names in six states. 


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Ox & Palm Corned Beef
Amazon

Ox & Palm Corned Beef

Risk: No federal inspection

A whopping 298,000 pounds of canned, ready-to-eat corned beef are under recall because they were imported from Australia without re-inspection. Imported from June 2020 through January 2021, the affected products include Ox & Palm Corned Beef, Ox & Palm Corned Beef Original, Ox & Palm Corned Beef Onion, and Ox & Palm Chili Garlic Corned Beef.


Related: How to Tell When Canned Foods Are Still Safe to Eat

Pumpkins Butternut Squash
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Lancaster Foods Butternut Squash

Risk: Listeria

Lancaster Foods recalled several butternut-squash products in mid-January because of potential Listeria contamination. Distributed to retailers in more than 10 states, they included butternut squash noodles, planks, and chunks processed in December and January, all labeled with the Lancaster Foods name.


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Hot Pockets
Amazon

Hot Pockets

Risk: Contamination from glass and plastic

Nestle made headlines in January 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.


Lean Cuisines
Amazon

Lean Cuisines

Risk: Contamination from plastic

Imagine chomping down on a piece of hard plastic instead of potatoes or chicken in your Lean Cuisine. Nestle was forced to recall more than 92,000 pounds of Lean Cuisine baked chicken meals in December after receiving several complaints. Nestle says the problem stemmed from a conveyor belt that broke during mashed-potato production.


Fresh Romano salad
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Romaine Lettuce

Risk: E. coli 

Single-head romaine lettuce was yanked from produce sections in November after the FDA found E. coli in a sample from California-based grower Tanimura & Antle. Nearly 3,400 cartons of potentially contaminated lettuce were sent to retailers and distributors in 20 states in mid-October.

Spice Hunter Spices
Amazon
Fresh fruit boxes in a market
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Sliced Fruit

Risk: Listeria

It’s pretty hard to beat the convenience of sliced fruit, but convenience came with a risk last year. Country Fresh recalled several Walmart-branded produce items after the FDA found listeria at the company’s plant during an inspection. Affected items included sliced apples, cantaloupe and pineapple chunks, fruit trays, and more distributed to Walmarts in nine states.

Fresh Peaches
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Many multicolored groups of onions divided up by color
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Ground Beef
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Ground Beef

Risk: E. coli

Nearly 43,000 pounds of ground beef were recalled in June after a federal inspection found E. coli at the New Jersey plant of Lakeside Refrigerated Services. The beef, sold under the Marketside or Thomas Farms labels, was sold at retailers including Walmart. 


Pilgrim’s Chicken Nuggets
Walmart
Fresh Express Salad Kits
Walmart

Fresh Express Salad Kits

Risk: Cyclospora 

Bagged salad is an ultra-convenient way to get your greens, but it was also behind a cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 700 people in 14 states in summer 2020. In June, Fresh Express recalled a laundry list of salad kits sold in more than 30 states under different brands at major retailers including Walmart, Giant Eagle, and Hy-Vee.