3 Big New Grocery Recalls You Need to Know About
There are an estimated 48 million annual cases of foodborne illnesses in the U.S., according to the federal government. That means about 1 in 6 Americans are sickened by contaminated grocery or restaurant food every year. Luckily, there are ways to avoid foodborne illness, one of which is to monitor active recalls for items on your shopping list.
Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) publish information about recalled food items on the daily. Here are three new recalls to be aware of—this list includes products sold at Kroger, Walmart, and other top grocery stores.
Ground beef products sold at Walmart, Kroger, and Albertsons are being recalled.
Interstate Meat Dist. Inc. of Oregon is recalling almost 30,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli. The packages were shipped to retail locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
"The issue was reported to FSIS after a retail package of ground beef was purchased and submitted to a third-party laboratory for microbiological analysis and the sample tested positive for E. coli O157:H7," the announcement says, referencing an assessment by Consumer Reports. "FSIS conducted an assessment of the third-party laboratory's accreditation and methodologies and determined the results were actionable."
Individuals concerned about a potential illness should contact a healthcare provider. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramping anywhere from two to eight days after contamination.
To see a full list of the impacted beef items, click here. If you have one of these products in your home, toss it out or return it to the point of purchase.
A diuretic sold on Amazon is also being recalled.
A diuretic product sold on Amazon is being recalled due to an undeclared milk allergen. The 90-count bottles of GAT Sport Jetfuel Diuretic have an expiration date of either 5/2023 or 6/2023 located on the bottom of containers.
"This recall is being initiated because the Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT) oil powder ingredient contains an undeclared milk allergen," an announcement posted on the FDA's website states.
Though the product is no longer listed on Amazon.com or GATSport.com, it's still available at other online retailers. No illnesses associated with the diuretic have been reported, but the announcement says that "customers with a milk allergy or sensitivity who have purchased the affected product are urged not to consume it and dispose of it or return it to the point of purchase."
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Chicken Alfredo Pizza sold in two states may contain an undeclared allergen.
Chicken Alfredo Pizzas from Kettle River Products are also being recalled due to an undeclared wheat allergen. If you have a wheat allergy, eating a product with this ingredient may cause a potentially serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.
The recall includes 1,464 pounds of frozen pizzas, which were produced between Dec. 9, 2021, and Jan. 3, 2022. The products were shipped to restaurant and retail locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The company subsequently discovered a misbranding issue.
While there aren't any reports of injuries or illnesses related to this recall, FSIS expressed concerns that impacted items might still be lurking in consumers' freezers. If you find one of these products in your kitchen, throw it away or return it to the store.
These aren't the only recent recalls to know about right now.
Unfortunately, these aren't the only recalls that were announced since the beginning of the week. Other items from Kroger and ALDI were just pulled from shelves, which may impact not only your family but also your pets.
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