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Taco Bell Just Recalled 2.3 Million Lbs Of Beef

Taco Bell tossed about 2.3 million pounds of beef, and it’s not because they’re becoming more vegetarian-friendly, it’s because of a voluntary recall.

The recall took place Friday, October 11, after a customer complained that he found a metal shaving in his food.

Taco Bell wasn’t going to f*ck around to figure out how the metal shaving got there, and just pulled every bit of beef that was sent out from that factory.

The recall affected 21 different states, and the USDA said that there have been no reported injuries or effects coming from any Taco Bell restaurants at this time.

The reason it hit so many states was that the plant sent out the beef to several distribution centers in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia. From there, it the meat was distributed to several other states.

The affected states were: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia and the Washington DC area.

If you think you might have been affected, Taco Bell recommends calling a healthcare provider, and if any questions arise, hit their line at 1-800-822-6235.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Fast Food Health News

McDonald’s Recalls Salads From 3,000 Locations After Reported Illness

Those of you who go to McDonald’s for salad, tread cautiously. After dozens of reports in the midwest of customers becoming sick, McDonald’s has preemptively removed salads from more than 3,000 locations throughout the midwest.

CNN reports that both the Illinois and Iowa health departments are looking into a parasite that’s known to cause intestinal illness that may be linked to McDonald’s salads.

So far, Illinois has reported about 90 cases of customers getting sick since the middle of May and Iowa has reported 15 since late June. A majority of those customers said they had salads. Other states reported include Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Known as the cyclospora parasite, this creature can cause diarrhea, fatigue, vomiting, and cramps in individuals. Anyone experiencing these symptoms have been asked to be tested by a doctor and seek treatment.

McDonald’s has already issued a statement saying they’ll be removing salads from the menus in the regions that have been affected while they look for a new supplier of lettuce.

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Over 200 Million Eggs Recalled, 6 People Hospitalized After Salmonella Outbreak

It’s never good to hear that a food is being recalled, but it’s scarier when it’s such a common food, such as eggs.

The FDA reported that over 206 million eggs from Rose Acre Farms in Seymore, Ind. were recalled after being linked to 22 cases of Salmonella.

Nine states were affected by the voluntary recall, as Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia had eggs at risk of being contaminated.

From the 22 cases, six people have been hospitalized, but thankfully there have been no reported deaths.

The brands that use these eggs are Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, and Sunshine Farms, so if you have any of them in your fridge, you should probably return them.

Rose Acre Farms produces 2.3 million eggs a day, according to the New York Times, that means about three months worth of egg production had to be returned.

If you live in these states, and feel there’s a chance you may have been affected, be sure to watch for salmonella symptoms such as abdomen and muscle pain, chills, dehydration, fatigue, fever, headaches, diarrhea, bloody stool, or even loss of appetite.

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Panera Bread Recalls Cream Cheese Nationally Over Listeria Concerns

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Patrons who purchase their cream cheese from Panera Bread may want to check their fridge quickly. Like, real quick.

Panera Bread announced that they’re issuing a voluntary nationwide recall of two cream cheese products sold in U.S. bakery locations.

The company discovered samples of a variety of 2 oz. cream cheese tested positive for presence of Listeria monocytogenes. According to the company, the products to be recalled are the 2 and 8 oz. cream cheese containers with the expiration date that’s on or before 4/2/18.

Here’s what they look like:

Cream cheese flavors include: Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, and Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.

Blaine Hurst, Panera’s President and CEO, said in the statement:

“The safety of our guests and associates is paramount, therefore we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the US with an active shelf life. We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility.”

He added:

“Only one variety of 2-oz cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result. Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera.”

Listeria can cause infection and illness in small children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Sometimes, this could be fatal. Luckily, Panera caught this early on and preemptively issued the recall.

Anyone who bought these cream cheese products are advised to chuck them out immediately and visit Panera.custhelp.com for a full refund.

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Tyson Recalls 2 Million Pounds Of Food Over Serious Labeling Error

A massive cascade of recalls has swept up chicken-producing giant Tyson Foods.

The food manufacturer just recalled nearly two and a half million pounds of frozen chicken patties and fritters that were produced over the past year because of a mislabeled product, according to Food Safety News. The breadcrumbs that Tyson utilized in their food contained milk that was not declared on the labels.

Since milk is considered to be a major allergen, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a Class I recall to indicate that those who are allergic to milk and unknowingly consume the improperly marked foods may suffer from “serious, adverse health consequences, or death.” So far, thankfully, no such cases have been reported that are linked to Tyson, according to Fortune.

Tyson gets their breading from an unidentified supplier, whose labeling error has led to a total of over 3 million pounds of food being recalled so far, the majority of it being Tyson’s frozen foods. Other major brands affected by the mistake include Libby’s and Chef Boyardee.

Fortunately for Tyson, the massive food recall does not mean that the millions of pounds of misbranded foods will be lost. They do have four options for their returned product that can be utilized: recooking, reworking, relabeling, or destruction if the products cannot be saved. Since Tyson’s products are all frozen, it is possible they could just be relabeled to ensure that customers know the chicken patties and fritters contain dairy within them.

If you have purchased Tyson frozen products recently, you should check here to see if your purchase should be returned and refunded.