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Costco, Kroger, Walmart and Other Grocery Stores Are Pulling These Recalled Items Right Now

Some of these have been on shelves for years...

There's been a 125% increase in the number of recalls in recent years, mostly due to more food safety rules, new technology, and increased awareness. Luckily organizations like the USDA, CDC, FDA, and others stay on top of alerting the public to items that could pose a health threat.

Unfortunately, there have been a few of those to go out recently for items sold at major grocery stores like Costco, Walmart, Amazon, Kroger, ShopRite, and more. Keep reading for all the important details on the products so you can check your kitchen for them.

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Airborne Gummies

Gummy Recall
Courtesy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

The 63 and 75 count bottles of the blueberry pomegranate, orange, and assorted fruit Airborne Immune Support Gummies are being recalled because of an issue with the cap and/or freshness seal.  Reckitt, the company that manufactures the supplement, says it has received 70 reports of the cap or seal popping off when the bottle is first opened. Of those reports, 18 involved minor injuries, and one resulted in an eye injury that required medical attention, according to the recall notice posted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall only affects bottles that have not been opened yet. They were sold at stores like Target, Costco, Walmart, Kroger, and more between May 2020 and February 2022. Bottles may still be in consumers' pantries—expiration dates range from 10/31/2021 to 12/31/2022.

Rosarita Organic Refried Beans

Costco bean recall
Courtesy of Conagra Brands

Another item being pulled from Costco shelves specifically are the Rosarita Organic Refried Beans because they may contain small rocks. Conagra Brands confirmed with Eat This, Not That! that the 8- and 16-ounce cans of the beans were sold in 17 states. These include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Utah.

If you have a can in your pantry, it will have a UPC code of 00-0-44300-00009-4 and a "Best By" date of either May 1, 2, or 3, 2023. "Please return the impacted item to your local Costco for a full refund" if you identify one of these cans, Conagra says. "We do not recommend you consume the product."

Through the membership program, Costco can track purchases and thus already notified customers who bought this product. No information about how the issue was discovered is available.

Trader Joe's Crunchy Slaw with Chicken, Crispy Noodles & Peanut Dressing Salad

Trader Joe's Crunchy Slaw
Courtesy of Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's isn't just a go-to store for cheap grocery items—it also is stocked with ready-made meals like this one. However, the company recently published a notification on its website saying that the Crunchy Slaw with Chicken, Crispy Noodles & Peanut Dressing salad sold in stores in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah is being recalled because the dressing could contain plastic.

"Use By Dates" of 03/02/22 through 03/12/22 have passed and the product is no longer on shelves, but if the salad is still in your fridge, throw it out or return it to any Trader Joe's location for a full refund.

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Cavendish Farms Hash Brown Patties

Hash Brown Recall
Courtesy of the FDA

According to a recall notice posted by the FDA on March 17, 441 cases of the Cavendish Farms Original Hash Brown Patties may contain undeclared wheat. For those who have celiac disease or allergies to wheat, consuming this product could result in a serious allergic reaction.

The patties were sold in Wakefern Food Corp. grocery stores like ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, and Fairway Market. Packages have a UPC code of 0 56210 34217 1 and a "Best Before Date" of 2024 FE 01 stamped on the inside. No illnesses have been reported.

The notice says the product has been removed from shelves, and that "The recall was initiated after it was discovered the product contained wheat and was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of wheat. Cavendish Farms was notified by a supplier that an ingredient it provided was mislabeled and did not identify the presence of wheat."

Consumers with a package of the recalled hash browns in their kitchen should not eat them and return them to the original place of purchase.

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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