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.

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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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Amazon Aims To Deliver Ready-To-Eat Meals That Don’t Require A Microwave

Following their major acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon hopes to expand their food portfolio with some novel food technology. The company is reportedly looking at developing a lineup of ready-to-eat Amazon meals that you can eat upon opening. Options may include sausage frittatas and beef stew, and can be eaten without using a microwave or hot water.

These meals, which are currently being developed by startup 915 Labs, are made using a novel cooking method called “Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilization.” Developed at Washington State University and the U.S. military, the technique involves placing sealed meal packages in pressurized water and cooking them with microwaves. The final product can keep for up to a year at room temperature while maintaining their original texture and flavor. 915 is currently awaiting FDA approval for their dishes, which opens the gateway for Amazon to contract with another business.

That company, food startup Solve For Food, is in the process of acquiring a machine that can use this tech from 915 Labs. They then hope to contract with Amazon as early as next year to sell their meals through Amazon Fresh. Amazon is currently in talks with Solve For Food to make the new Amazon meals a reality, according to Reuters.

If Amazon did put them up for sale, these meals would revolutionize on-the-go food as we know it. Wholesome and nutritious meals that don’t require refrigeration would be great for anyone desiring tasty meals they can consume instantly. We’ll be looking out to see if Amazon does choose to go through with this plan. If they do, the Amazon meals could truly revolutionize the future of on-the-go food.