Walmart Recalls 23,000 Containers of Baby Formula for Metal Contamination

If you’re a parent, you might want to keep an eye on this recall.

With the latest recalls in mind, finding extraneous materials in your munchies seems like it’s becoming commonplace. Just last week, El Monterey breakfast burritos were recalled for containing rocks, and Ragu followed with its own plastic-infused recall a couple days later.

This time, though, more than 23,000 cases of Walmart-exclusive Parent’s Choice baby formula are recalled due to metal contamination. The Parent’s Choice recall was issued on June 21, 2019, and affects Walmart stores nationwide. You can find the full FDA statement here.

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What products are recalled?

First and foremost, not all Parent’s Choice baby formula is recalled. You’ll want to be on the lookout for Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron, specifically the 35-oz. variety. In total, 23,388 units were officially recalled by Walmart and the formula’s parent company, Perrigo.

This recall is voluntary and issued with an abundance of caution. Luckily, no hospitalizations or injuries have been reported.

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How do I know if I have one of these products?

If you think you have one of these products, be extremely cautious and find alternative food for your child. Look for the lot code C26EVFV and a Use By date of February 26, 2021. Both of these numbers can be found on the bottom of the container. Found these numbers? Your infant formula is part of the recall.

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I have one of these products! What should I do with it?

Stop using the contaminated baby formula now. Walmart and Perrigo urge buyers not to use the formula and instead return it to the place of purchase. Walmart is handing out full refunds for recalled products. If you need to grab a replacement in time for dinner, you’ll have no problem getting an exchange.

Any consumer questions can be directed to Perrigo Consumer Affairs at 866-629-6181. You can call them at any time, and they’ll be happy to help.

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Article by Laurie Dixon for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

Whole Foods Recalls Salads, Wraps, And More Foods Containing Baby Spinach

The grocery chain has issued a recall for all prepared products containing baby spinach due to salmonella concerns.

Attention, Whole Foods shoppers: The store just issued a recall that could affect your fridge and your shopping list.

What products are recalled?

Recalls have already become common this year, and Whole Foods brings us the latest warning. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) tells buyers not to eat the supermarket’s prepared products containing baby spinach after greens supplier Satur Farms issued the recall. The cautious recall is due to possible salmonella contamination, which we’ve seen a lot of lately.

The items in question include fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches and more, purchased from the deli, salad bar and hot bar. Here is the full list of products affected.

In which states is the recall?

So far, eight states are included in the recall: Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

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How do I know if I have one of these products?

Because all prepared Whole Foods items containing baby spinach are suspect, there’s not just one Sell By date or UPC code we can use to identify contaminated products. Your best bet is to take a look at the FDA’s list of at-risk items. If you still have any of these products, do not eat them.

I have one of these products! What should I do with it?

The FDA encourages you to throw out any items in question. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Or, if you have the receipt, you can get a full refund at the location you bought from. Call the Whole Foods hotline at 1-844-936-8255. They can be reached from 7 a.m-10 p.m. CST during the workweek or between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends.

Keep your child’s lunch safe with these tips.

How can I avoid getting salmonella?

To avoid salmonella, follow the FDA’s advice and get rid of your Whole Foods baby spinach products. Don’t try to cook the salmonella out of your food. It’s a nasty illness that can affect anyone at any age, so wash your hands after handling raw ingredients. Keep your family healthy by practicing food safety and following FDA instructions!

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Article by Laurie Dixon for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

Packaged Food Recalls

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.

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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.

Grocery Health Recalls

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.

Health Recalls

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.

Grocery Health Recalls

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.

Grocery Recalls

Costco Will Alert You Of Recalls. Here’s How To Get On The List.

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Worried about products getting recalled? Costco’s alert system will put your mind at ease!

It seems like everything is getting recalled lately, right? Between the 6.9 million pound beef recall, the egg recall, and even a chicken recall, it feels like no meat is safe to eat at the moment. And unless you’re getting that recall notice from news source or the U.S. Food and Safety Inspection Services, you probably have no idea if that food product of yours is truly safe to eat.

But Costco’s alert system fixes that.

If you’re a Costco member, you may already know about their recall alert system. But if you’re still on the fence and haven’t decided to become a Costco member yet, this may just be the thing that convinces you to take the plunge once and for all.

How Costco’s alert system works

When Costco is alerted about a recall that takes place, they notify their members about the recall that occurred. Not only that, they will actually email if you specifically bought the product that is being recalled back to the store!

Typically recalls will let you know the product number, as well as any applicable dates, for the product being recalled. Costco’s alert system will take a look at those who purchased with that specific recall product and send out a message to those customers.

The recalls aren’t even specific to food! A quick glance at Costco’s recall list on their website proves that they will send out messages to members who purchased any recalled product coming from their store. Here’s an example Costco alert sent to customers who purchased a Scout Traeger Grill that was recalled this year.

Costco’s recall system makes members feel safe

Having a recall system that is specific to the customer’s purchases is what makes Costco such a safe, trustworthy brand for customers. Even one of our employees here at Taste of Home, Alex Levin, continues to see Costco as a brand that he can count on.

“The personalized Costco food recall alerts made me appreciate their customer service even more than I already do,” said Alex. “I don’t know any other stores that do this, and I’m sure there are many recalls I don’t hear about.”

How to get on Costco’s recall list

It’s simple: Be a member at Costco! The store will use your contact information to inform you about recalls applicable to your purchases. If you’re not a Costco member, you can see the list of recalls directly on their website.

If it’s not the right time to become a Costco member, don’t worry: You can buy these things at Costco without a membership!

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Health Recalls

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.