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Every Major Food Recall in the Past Year

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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 two new alerts that affect products sold at Kroger and Aldi. Be sure to check for the most up-to-date information.

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Kroger Bagged Kale
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Aldi Simply Nature Organic Poppyseed Dressing
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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 and has a best-by date of Feb. 15, 2023. 

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Fratelli Beretta cured meats
U.S. Department of Agriculture

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 and have best-by dates as late as Feb. 11, 2022. 

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Sportsmix Dog Food
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Hostess Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Risk: Listeria and salmonella

Hostess is voluntarily recalling two products — Hostess Soft White Hamburger Buns and Soft White Hot Dog Buns — after discovering an issue with co-manufacturer Best Harvest Bakeries. There have been no reports of illness so far, but 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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Serenade Foods Chicken Products

Risk: Salmonella

Indiana-based Serenade Foods announced earlier in August that it is recalling about 60,000 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded, and stuffed chicken products that may be linked to a salmonella outbreak that has 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). The recalled products were produced in late February; look for the establishment number P- 2375 inside the USDA inspection mark.

Dry Herbs

McCormick Seasonings

Risk: Salmonella

McCormick is pulling three of the company's spices 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
Frozen chicken sticks breaded in the freezer

Tyson Ready-to-Eat Chicken Products

Risk: Listeria

Major poultry processor Tyson Foods announced July 3 a recall of some 8.5 million pounds of frozen cooked chicken items. 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

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

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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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. 

Queso Fresco

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 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

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.

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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.

Hot Pockets

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

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

Romaine Lettuce

Risk: E. coli 

Single-head romaine lettuce was yanked from produce sections in November after the Food and Drug Administration 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
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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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Ground Beef

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
Fresh Express Salad Kits

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.