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These 2 Frozen Foods Are Being Recalled From Grocery Stores

Your home freezer may contain potentially harmful items.
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The frozen food section of every supermarket is beloved, with popular items ranging from breakfast foods to meal-prep helpers. Though storing grocery items in your home freezer is convenient, they sometimes end up lurking there for a while because they don't expire as quickly as fresh products.

Two frozen sides sold in grocers' freezers are the subject of new food safety recalls, and they may have already made it inside of your home. To help keep your family safe, take a moment to pause and review your grocery haul.

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Frozen "mac and cheese" is being recalled.

Amy's recall
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Amy's Kitchen is recalling 15,626 cases of frozen Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze that may contain trace amounts of undeclared milk, according to a new recall notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Anyone with an allergy or sensitivity to milk who unknowingly consumes it could be at risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

The affected cases of Amy's Mac & Cheeze were sold nationwide.

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Amy's Kitchen said it immediately issued the recall after a third-party laboratory tested the product and found trace amounts of milk protein.

According to the recall notice, the company is "working with its retail and distribution customers nationwide to ensure that any remaining inventory of the impacted lot of the Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze is removed from distribution. No other Amy's Kitchen products are impacted."

At the same time, Amy's Kitchen urged consumers to check their home freezers because the 10/2023 "Best Before Date" on the Mac & Cheeze is nearly two years away. If you have one of the impacted pasta dishes, discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Another popular frozen side item is being recalled.

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Discount chain Lidl is expanding rapidly expanding right now, and shoppers should be aware that one of its frozen produce products is being recalled over a possible health risk. Specifically, certain lots of Lidl-branded Frozen Chopped Spinach may be contaminated with Listeria.

In healthy individuals, Listeria causes symptoms like diarrhea, headache, high fever, nausea, stiffness, and stomach pain. It also can cause sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with weakened immune systems. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection to this recall.

The spinach was sold in every state with a Lidl store.

Lidl spinach recall
Courtesy of the FDA

Lidl operates grocery stores across nine states: Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. The recalled spinach was sold in all of these states.

After the potential for contamination was uncovered by routine testing, production of the product was suspended amid an ongoing investigation, according to the recall announcement posted by the FDA. Impacted items have a lot number of  R17742 or R17963 and a "Best By" date of 09/10/23.

If you have one of these products in your freezer, return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Afterwards, follow these two steps to sanitize your kitchen to help safeguard your loved ones.

Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more