America's Largest Grocery Chain's Kale May Be Contaminated, and 6 Other Recalls to Know About This Week
If you've been eating your greens, nice work. Just a heads-up: This week, there are a remarkable number of produce items, plus some frozen foods, sold nationwide that are now on the list of active recalls published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It was a busy week in the recall world… we have the details you need.
Also, read up on the one snack Pioneer Woman's Ree Drummond cut out to lose 60 pounds.
Kroger Bagged Kale
On Thursday, September 17, Kroger announced that the previous day they had voluntarily pulled all 16-ounce bags of their Kroger brand bagged kale from shelves. They stated no illnesses had been reported to date, but the nation's biggest grocery chain had reason to be concerned about the presence of possible Listeria monocytogenes.
They said the product bears the UPC number 11110-18170 and a best-by date of September 18, 2021. Among the areas where Kroger's bagged kale was distributed were Columbus and Toledo, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; eastern West Virginia; and the states of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.
Kroger advised customers who purchased this lot of bagged kale to dispose of it, return it to your Kroger store for a full refund, or call 1-800-KROGERS.
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Baker Farms and SEG Grocers Kale
Following Thursday's kale recall announcement from Kroger, their Georgia-based kale producer, Baker Farms, announced that they, too, were recalling bagged kale sold under the Baker Farms and SEG Grocers brands. The company stated: "On 9-15-2021 the firm was notified by a customer that the product test positive for Listeria monocytogenes. [sic]"
They said the products were distributed between August 30 and September 1 and sold to distribution centers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, and Virginia. The recalled bagged kale products can be identified with the following details:
- Baker Farms Kale – one pound/UPC 8 13098 02001 6/Production Code 107020-21832/Best By 09-18-2021
- SEG Grocers Kale – one pound/UPC 0 38259 11482 7/Production Code 107020-21832/Best By 09-18-2021
Again, the company advised customers to discard of the product or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. They added that customers with questions may email the company—go here for more details.
Joy Coriander Chutney
On Friday, September 18, Joy Gourmet Foods, Inc. recalled Joy Brand Coriander Chutney sold in glass, eight-ounce jars for undeclared sulfites, coconut, and FD&C Yellow 5.
The recalled chutney was sold in retail stores in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. It's stamped with the following details:
Bar code 680617 60402/Best-by 07302022/Batch code 0728
Regarding the artificial color agent known as FD&C Yellow 5, Dr. Nicole Avena, Ph.D.—an assistant professor of neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a visiting professor of Health Psychology at Princeton University—recently shared with Eat This, Not That!: "Some research shows a potential link between artificial colors, including Yellow 5, and hyperactivity in children. In fact, if a product in the [European Union] contains yellow 5, among other artificial colors, it must contain a warning label." (Go here for more nutrition wisdom from Dr. Avena.)
Joy Gourmet Foods advised customers to return the recalled chutney to their place of purchase for a full refund or call the company at 718-821-6050.
Aldi Simply Nature Organic Poppy Seed Dressing
On Thursday, September 16, Drew's Organics LLC recalled 12-ounce glass bottles of their Aldi Simply Nature brand of organic poppy seed dressing "due to a processing issue that could allow for microbial growth," including Clostridium botulinum, after the company "observed a color difference in the Simply Nature Organic Poppy Seed Dressing after manufacturing," they stated.
The affected product bears a best-by date of February 15, 2023, and UPC code 4099100023169.
The company said the product was distributed to select Aldi stores between August 20 and September 10 in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Buurma Farms Plain Parsley
On Tuesday, September 14, Ohio-based Willard Farms Inc. recalled 320 boxes of their flat-leaf parsley (labeled "plain parsley"). This was after a September 7 regulatory sample indicated the possible presence of E coli.
The recalled parsley was harvested on August 30, 2021, and distributed to retailers or wholesalers in Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.
The advisory stated: "Only plain flat leaf parsley with a lot code of '2A242A6' and a PTI lot code of '2B243A6' is included in this recall." Adding: "Individual bunches of flat parsley sold to retailers for purchase by consumers would likely have a 'BUURMA FARMS Plain Parsley' twist-tie with a price look-up (PLU) number of 4901 and a UPC code of 33383 80125. The PLU and UPC numbers are not unique to Buurma Farms and would be on all flat/plain parsley regardless of where it is from."
They added that the recalled parsley sold through the wholesale channels "do not have the twist-tie and instead have only a plain red rubber band on the bunch."
They added that consumers should discard of the product or call the company's customer support line at 1-866-827-3362.
Velvet Raspberry Fudge Cordial Ice Cream
On Monday, September 13, Velvet Ice Cream recalled 56-ounce containers of their Raspberry Fudge Cordial Ice Cream after a customer advised the company about the presence of undeclared peanuts.
The recall announcement stated that the recalled ice cream had been distributed to retail stores in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia starting in late July. It bears a production date of July 14, 2021, UPC 0-7068210049-7, and the following codes printed on the bottom of the carton: A2 19521 26-012.
They advise customers to dispose of the product immediately, return it for a full refund, or call the company at 800-589-5000.
H-E-B Jumbo Stuffed Shells
On Tuesday, September 14, Seviroli Foods, Inc. of New Jersey recalled 22-ounce bags of frozen H-E-B Giant Stuffed Shells. The company reports that four customers had contacted the company to complain about the potential presence of metal inside the product.
They stated: "All product related to this recall has been removed from H-E-B store shelves." However, customers who purchased the product may choose to reference the following details:
Item number 796702/UPC 041220771110/Lot code 2 1208/Best by 07/27/22
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Editor's note: Photos represent the recalled food products when brand images were not available.