Look Before You Eat
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 Trader Joe’s chicken patties that have been pulled from shelves over contamination fears.
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Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Chicken Burgers
Risk: Bone-fragment contamination
Innovative Solutions announced Nov. 10 that it’s recalling nearly 98,000 pounds of raw ground chicken patty products that may be contaminated with pieces of bone. At issue are packages of Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Chicken Burgers, as well as Spinach Feta Chicken Sliders that were sold at other stores. The products, which were shipped nationwide, were produced from mid-August through the end of September and are marked with “EST. P-8276,” printed near the USDA mark of inspection.
A salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 650 people across the U.S. has been linked to raw onions from Mexico, according to the CDC. Idaho-based ProSource Produce has recalled red, yellow, and white onions that it imported and distributed throughout July and August in 35 states and Canada. While none of the onions have been distributed since the end of August, officials note that they can last for up to three months in storage, and have urged the public to throw out raw onions if it’s unclear where they came from.
Kale is the pinnacle of healthy superfood, but check what you’ve stashed in the fridge. Bagged kale sold under the Baker Farms, Kroger, and SEG Grocers labels has been recalled because of potential listeria contamination. The 1-pound bags were distributed in 11 states and have a best-by date of Sept. 18.
Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto Products
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.
Here’s the complete list to date:
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