The holiday season is upon us, a time when your grocery list is longer because it's filled with everything you need for a feast. But anyone who recently returned from Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart, and other supermarkets should check their kitchen pantries, refrigerators, and freezers because of several serious recalls.
From potentially being contaminated with harmful bacteria to possibly containing small pieces of metal or glass, these five items aren't on grocery store shelves anymore . . . but they may be lurking in your home ahead of family gatherings.
Kraft's Kool-Aid sold at Costco
Costco recently alerted members who purchased Tropical Punch Kool-Aid Mix with the item number 95740 at warehouses because there is "the potential presence of foreign material, specifically very small pieces of metal or glass."
The impacted products were sold at Costco's in Los Angeles and the Northwest region, the chain says. There's no information about how the issue was discovered or if there have been any related injuries, but Kraft Heinz says it's "sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."
This product has been removed from Costco's website, but it's still available for purchase at a Costco Business Center.
Wild Cold Smoked Keta Salmon Lox sold in four states
Seafood isn't typically on the menu for Thanksgiving, but anyone who recently purchased Wild Cold Smoked Keta Salmon Lox should check their fridge because it could contain the bacteria Listeria, according to a recall announcement posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The seafood was sold under the Aqua Nova, North Coast, and Tony's labels in Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington. The potential contamination was discovered during routine sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
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Trader Joe's Chile Lime Chicken Burgers
Packages of four chicken burgers sold at Trader Joe's between Aug. 16 and Sept. 29 were recently recalled because they could contain "extraneous material" inside. Customers reportedly submitted complaints saying they had found bones in the product.
Innovative Solutions, Inc., the manufacturer of the chicken burgers, expressed concern in the recall announcement that the product might still be in customers' freezers. Check ASAP for boxes with lot codes 2281, 2291, 2311, 2351, 2361, 2371, 2441, 2511, 2521, 2531, 2561, 2591, 2601, 2671, or 2721.
Spinach Feta Chicken Sliders
These chicken sliders are involved in the same recall as the Chile Lime Chicken Burgers, but they weren't sold at Trader Joe's. They come in 72-count, 9-pound boxes with lot codes of 2361 or 2631—and there are also reports of bones inside.
Together, the recalled chicken products make up almost 100,000 pounds of food. Customers have been urged not to consume either of these chicken products and instead discard them or return them to the point of purchase.
Tastykake Cupcakes sold in eight states
Flower Foods, Inc. posted a recall announcement on the FDA's website in early November because several varieties of its pastries may contain "tiny fragments of metal mesh wire." The recall was later expanded to include more items, bringing the total number of products to nine. Now chocolate, cream-filled chocolate, buttercream iced cream-filled chocolate, butterscotch, cream, and jelly cupcakes are involved.
According to the notice, an ingredient supplier contacted the company about the potentially harmful materials in the cupcakes. However, the recall wasn't initiated before the products were distributed to Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., to stores such as Walmart, Target, and Giant Eagle.
The "best by" dates on the packaging of the items fall between November and December 2021—so if you purchased some recently, it's best to check them to make sure they aren't involved in the recall.
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