While recalls are relatively common, there are several ongoing food recalls that consumers should be aware of due to their scope and their potential to cause serious illness and infection.
Since May 1, an outbreak of illness due to McDonald’s salads has been sweeping states including Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia and Missouri. Salads are no longer sold at 3,000 McDonald’s locations in these states.
There have been 395 reported cases of illness, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control, are caused by bacteria called Clyclospora.
Symptoms of illness begin about a week after consuming contaminated food and can include frequent diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, headache, and fever.
Due to Clyclospora, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety and Inspection Service warned customers not to buy more than two dozen salads and wraps from major grocery chains. Salads sold by Fresh Express, the company involved in the Clyclospora outbreak in McDonald’s salads, are also sold at grocery chains.
Other salad items were recalled as well, including beef, pork, and poultry salads and wraps sold at Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens and others. These products were distributed by Caito Foods, LLC.
There is also a chance of a clyclospora outbreak in vegetable trays. The FDA is investigating at least 237 cases of clyclospora-caused illnesses involving Del Monte vegetable trays.
The trays, containing cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and dill dip, were sold in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
These are a few of the states in which the McDonald’s clyclospora outbreak occurred. However, The FDA says this outbreak is not related to the Fresh Express Outbreak.
79 cases of salmonella have been linked to pasta salad sold at Hy-Vee, a Midwestern grocery chain. Hy-Vee has since recalled the pasta salads. Illnesses have been reported in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, and North Dakota.
Salmonella symptoms will begin about 12 to 72 hours after infection. The symptoms includes diarrhea, cramping, and fever which can last from four to seven days. Most recover without treatments, however those who are very young or very old are at risk for complications.
90 illnesses due to Salmonella have been linked to raw turkey according to the CDC and USDA.
Patients have reported eating multiple different turkey brands from multiple different locations. Two people who have fallen ill said that they live in a household where raw turkey is fed to pets. This being said, health officials have not been able to determine the source of the salmonella outbreak.
The CDC said that raw turkey in pet food, raw turkey products, and live turkeys have tested positive for salmonella. This means that salmonella may be widespread throughout the turkey industry.
There have also been 100 reported cases of salmonella in 33 states in Kellog’s Honey Smacks Cereal. Although the cereal was recalled on June 14, the FDA sent out another warning a month later due to the cereal still being sold in some stores.
Swiss Rolls have been recalled by Flower Foods due to a risk of salmonella. Whey powder was also recalled for possible contamination. This being said, there have no reported cases of salmonella infection due to Swiss Rolls, says the company.
Swiss Rolls sold under brands names including Mr.Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square, and Great Value have also been recalled.
Due to the recall of whey powder for potential salmonella contamination, Mondelez Global LLC has recalled Ritz Cracker Sandwiches, and other products.
There have been no reported illnesses so far.
Four flavors of Goldfish crackers have been recalled by Pepperidge Farm: Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel.
Whey powder is also an ingredient in these products.
There have been no reported illnesses.
Pinnacle Foods, Inc have recalled Hungry Man Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz meals. This product is 15.25 ounces and has a best by date of September 6, 2019. This product was shipped to Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Virginia.
Swiss and Turkey submarine sandwiches produced on July 17 have been recalled due to listeria. Listeria poses risks mainly for pregnant women because it can cause miscarriages. According to the CDC, listeria can also affect newborns, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems, leading to sepsis.
There have been no reported illnesses.
An outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus that started in April has been linked to crabmeat from Venezuela. 12 cases have been reported in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia.
Symptoms begin around 24 hours after infection and include diarrhea, vomiting, and fever.
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