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Costco and Amazon Just Announced New Recalls—Here's What You Need to Know

From desserts to salads, here are several big new recalls to note before 2022.

The number of food recalls went up 125% from 2004-2008 to 2009-2013, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Grocery shoppers might have noticed several items being pulled from shelves amid the holiday season. Indeed, there are some new recalls that you should be in the know about. Some of these products were recently sold at Costco, Amazon Fresh, and other top grocery stores.

Though supermarkets pull affected groceries from stores shelves after they've been recalled, they may have already found their way into your kitchen. To keep your family safe, be sure to check for these impacted items ASAP.

Related: This Grocery Item Is Expected to Fly Off Shelves in 2022

Costco is recalling cream puffs.

Costco cream puffs
Courtesy of Costco

Boxes of 120 frozen chocolate-covered or regular Cream Puffs from Delizza Patisserie are being recalled from Costco because they may contain small metal fragments, according to a notice posted on the retailer's website. Manufactured between Dec. 7-10, the impacted items were distributed to warehouses in northern California, as well as Carson City and Sparks, Nev. They have a UPC code of 6 76670 00800 6 and a "Best By" date of 06/07/2023.

No illnesses or injuries associated with the recalled cream puffs have been reported thus far.

"Any customers who have purchased or received any of the products described below should immediately discontinue use of the product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund," Poppies International, Inc. says in the notice.

A rotini and plant-based bolognese meal kit is being recalled from Amazon Fresh stores.

Amazon Aplenty Rotini with Plant based Bolognese Meal Kit
Courtesy of the FDA

Aplenty Rotini with Plant Based Bolognese Meal Kits are being pulled from Amazon Fresh store shelves and online channels due to an undeclared allergen. Anyone with an allergy or sensitivity to milk is at risk of developing a potentially serious reaction if they consume the product.

Seviroli Foods, Inc. says the problem was discovered on Dec. 22:

"The recall was initiated after discovering that Seviroli Foods products containing milk were inadvertently packaged in Aplenty-Rotini with Plant Based Bolognese Meal Kit packaging, which does not include milk in the ingredient statement," a notice published on the FDA's website says. "No related illnesses or incidents have been reported to date. All product related to this recall has been removed from Amazon store shelves."

Affected lots have a UPC code of 842379197598 and a sell-by date of either May 28, 2022, June 10, 2022, or June 11, 2022.

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Fresh Express has recalled various bagged salads after reports of illnesses and even a death.

Bagged salad lettuce

Popular salad company Fresh Express voluntarily recalled 225 products produced in an Illinois plant earlier this month due to possible Listeria contamination.

The FDA subsequently announced an outbreak investigation, and the agency revealed that 10 individuals infected with an outbreak strain had been reported across eight states. The dates of the illnesses range from July 26, 2016, through Oct. 19, 2021.

Here's what Frank Yiannas, deputy commissioner for food policy and response at the FDA, said:

"A sample of Fresh Express prepackaged romaine and sweet butter lettuce was collected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as part of their routine sampling efforts. The sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and was a match to the outbreak strain. Given this, Fresh Express voluntarily ceased production at their Streamwood, Illinois, facility and initiated a recall of certain varieties of its branded and private label salads produced in that facility."

The salads were shipped to retailers in Canada and 19 U.S. states. To see a full list, click here. Consumers who have any of these items in their refrigerators should dispose of them and not consume them. Refunds are also available.

What should you do if you have any of these items in your kitchen?

woman in white shirt holding cleaning supplies with gloves and sponge on counter in foreground
Shutterstock / Wojciech Skora

Though supermarkets and other retailers act fast to pull recalled products, shoppers might have already picked up an item before it was removed from store shelves. Should this be the case, the item can be disposed of or brought back to the point of purchase for a full refund—but that's not all, because there still may be some germs lurking in the kitchen.

To make sure everything is bacteria-free, there's a two-step process to sanitize your kitchen. Eat This, Not That! Medical Expert Board member Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN shares this simple and easy way to keep your home—and food—clean and safe.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda