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Tyson Recalls Frozen Chicken Nuggets Because They Might Contain Rubber

If you have packages of Tyson White Meat Panko chicken nuggets in the freezer, you may want to check on them.

Photo: Walt Stoneburner // Flickr

Over 18 tons of the nuggets are being called back after consumer complaints led to the discovery of rubber pieces within.

According to a USDA press release, these were shipped to retail locations nationwide, meaning anywhere Tyson sells their products may have the rubber-filled nuggets.

The USDA also released pictures of the specific labels affected by the recall, which you can view here.

Key identifying marks to look for on 5-pound packages include a “BEST IF USED BY” date of November 26, 2019, a case code “3308SDL03,” and time stamps ranging from 23:00 through 01:59.

So far, nobody has reported any adverse reactions or injuries related to the nuggets. If you do have one of the recalled bags, however, you should either discard it or return it to where you bought it from.

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Stone Fruits At Costco, Walmart And Aldi Are Being Recalled For Listeria

Peaches, plums and nectarines that were imported from Chile are being recalled at various retailers across the country due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Photo: Liz West // Flickr, CC 2.0

According to a press release from the FDA, the stone fruits were distributed by Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. in New York, to stores like Walmart, Costco, and ALDI. The cause of the Listeria contamination is currently unknown, but is being investigated after a routine sample check at the company’s packing house tested positive for the pathogen.

While Listeria contamination is typically associated with processed meats and fresh cheeses, it’s not uncommon for the bacteria to get into soil and water and get into nearby-growing produce. Healthy individuals usually only suffer from typical food poisoning symptoms, but the infection can be serious for young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Listeria is also known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Below is a table the FDA posted showing the full list of states, retailers, and fruits affected by the recall:

At Costco and ALDI, the fruits were packaged under the brand “Rio Duero,” and all of the peaches and nectarines have a Chilean country of origin label (COOL).

So far, no poisonings have been reported yet, but if your fruit is part of the affected batch, it should not be consumed. The FDA is urging those who have bought any recalled produce to return it to the story they bought it for a full refund.

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A ‘Do Not Eat Romaine Lettuce’ Advisory Was Just Issued For The THIRD Time This Year

For the third time in the last 12 months, a “Do Not Eat” advisory for romaine lettuce has been issued. Like the last two times, the reason behind the advisory and ensuing recalls is the contamination of the produce with E. Coli O157:H7.

According to a joint press release from the FDA and CDC, the strain of E. Coli involved in this outbreak is similar to the one that infected customers in the US and Canada last winter, but not the same as the massive romaine lettuce recall from the Yuma, Arizona region this past summer. They have yet to identify the source of the current outbreak, however.

So far, 32 people across 11 states have fallen ill, with 13 of those requiring hospitalization.

E. Coli O157:H7 infections exhibit symptoms like vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and stomach pains. It can also result in the development of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a condition that can lead to kidney failure and requires extensive treatment.

For now, the FDA and CDC are urging consumers to avoid eating romaine lettuce of all kinds and to toss out any present in the fridges. Manufacturers are also encouraged to recall all romaine products to prevent any more lettuce from getting out.

The fact that this is the third such recall to happen to the same vegetable in the past year is alarming, particularly when each one has required a “Do Not Eat” advisory. Consumer Reports issued the first one last year, while the CDC and FDA have issued the past two.

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Many Ready-To-Eat Foods Were Just Recalled For Salmonella AND Listeria Contamination

Major grocers like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and 7-11 are all being affected by a major recall involving prepared vegetables nationwide.

Photo: Lance Cheung // USDA, Creative Commons 2.0

The recall spreads across tons of different prepared foods, including taquitos, ready-to-eat meal salads, sandwich wraps, sandwiches, bowls, and more. According to the USDA’s site related to the outbreak, at least 13 nationwide recalls have been connected to this overarching contamination.

Salmonella and Listeria are the two pathogens involved, and they were responsible for tainting the entire spread of prepared veggies coming from a California plant owned by supplier McCain Foods. These included caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and corn.

It was McCain’s recall of its various products as a “cautionary measure” that prompted several other food producers and retailers to follow suit, according to Food Safety News.

While most of the products are expired, any that may still be in your fridges or shelves should be discarded, according to the USDA. You can view the full list of products and recalls at this link.

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6.5 Million Pounds Of Ground Beef Recalled For Salmonella Contamination

For the second time in as many months, a massive quantity of ground beef is being recalled for pathogen contamination. Last month, 132,000 pounds of Cargill ground beef were tainted by E. Coli. This time, beef producer JBS is recalling a staggering 6.5 million pounds of ground beef following an outbreak of Salmonella.

Photo: Carnivore Locavore // Flickr, CC 2.0

The recall was just announced by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), who has been involved in tracking the potential outbreak since September.

At least 57 people from 16 different states were infected by the Salmonella bacteria that was linked to the affected ground beef.

In this outbreak, the pathogenic strain contaminating the meat is Salmonella Newport, which can cause a common foodborne illness known as salmonellosis.

Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fevers that start anywhere from 12-72 hours after consuming. The disease lasts for about 4-7 days, and while most recover without a need for treatment, diarrhea can become severe enough to require hospitalization.

A host of different types of ground beef, including steakburgers and ground chuck, were affected by the recall.

You can view a full list of the products under recall here. The USDA will also update with specific locations and institutions the beef was distributed to in the future, but have stated that the meat was sent nationwide.

If you have beef in you fridge or freezer that matches up with the USDA’s list of products, you can either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase, according to the USDA’s release.

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132,000 Pounds Of Ground Beef Are Being Recalled Following Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

If you’ve been saving some ground beef in your freezer for a bit, you may want to check it out right now. It may be part of a massive recall of over 132,000 pounds of meat following a deadly E. Coli outbreak.

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According to the USDA, 132,000 pounds of Cargill ground beef have been recalled. This follows a reported outbreak that has sickened at least 17, causing 1 death.

The causal contaminant was E. Coli 026. It’s similar to the infamous o157:H7 strain of the bacteria in that they both produce similar toxins that causes diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting for 2-8 days. On rare occasions, it can turn into Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can be fatal.

Cargill’s meat was produced in mid-to-late June and shipped out to retailers nationwide, so the entire country is affected by this recall. A nationwide list of locations that carried the meat will be listed once the USDA is able to create it. In the meantime, if you see a USDA sticker with the code “EST. 86R” on it, it is part of the recalled lot of ground beef. You can also check any of these labels to see if they match anything on your product.

If you think the ground beef you have may be part of this contaminated amount, the USDA recommends you throw it out immediately. Since the meat was produced 3 months ago, there’s a good chance it’s in the freezer by this point if you still have it, so make sure to check that as well.

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Ritz And Goldfish Crackers Were Both Just Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns

Goldfish is pulling a few of its products off of shelves in the latest of a series of product recalls that have affected other major brands like Ritz. That’s because the Goldfish recall, like the others so far, is tied to a supplier of a whey powder ingredient that may contain Salmonella.

Pepperidge Farms, the parent company of Goldfish, issued the voluntary recall upon notification that the whey powder used in their seasonings may have some Salmonella in them. Four different Goldfish products were affected, but no illnesses have yet to be reported.

Mondelez has also recalled several varieties of Ritz cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bitz because of the potential Salmonella contamination. Other brands affected by the Salmonella contamination include Swiss rolls produced for stores like H-E-B and Hungry Man Chipotle Sauced Boneless Chicken Wings, according to CNN.

Across all of these products, no illnesses have yet to be reported, so the recalls are all voluntary to prevent any possible ones from occurring. If you have any of the affected products, all the brands involved encourage you to throw them out. Goldfish also has an update on their site with more information, including a link for reimbursements.