We told you about Tyson’s recent chicken recall, but it turns out that isn’t the only major brand you should be wary of. Over the past two months, 11 different companies have recalled some of your favorite foods for alarming reasons.
From listeria to salmonella to undeclared allergens, these foods can prove seriously dangerous. There are even a few products on the market that may contain foreign objects, like glass or plastic. That’s not something we’d want to see on our plates at dinner.
So how can you keep yourself and your family safe? For starters, you can stay up-to-date with any food recalls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website. The Federal Food Safety website also enables you to set up recall notifications on your phone or email, or install an RSS feed that sends notifications right to your browser or desktop.
But it goes beyond just recalls. First, always check your purchases at the market to make sure that they haven’t expired. While some food can be used past their “sell by” or “best by” date, others can make you sick.
Once you’ve got your groceries home, it’s important to store everything safely, whether that means keeping it in the cabinet, the refrigerator, or the freezer. When you’re prepping your meals, cooking methods and times also play a factor. Chicken breasts, when cooked properly, can make a healty and delicious meal — but if your dinner is undercooked when you eat it, you can risk contracting salmonella.
It’s always a bummer when we have to toss our favorite frozen foods — but when it comes to recalls, you’re better safe than sorry.
*Check out the gallery below to see the products you might want to leave at the market this month. *
Trader Joes Wildway Granola Recall
Wildway and Trader Joe's Granola
If granola is your go-to breakfast food, steer clear of Wildway and Trader Joe’s. On June 14th, the two companies — Trader Joe’s and Wildly LLC — informed customers that an ingredient may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This can lead to listeriosis, a serious infection which can be fatal for those with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported yet, but the granola was distributed nationwide.
Green Chile Burrito Recall
Green Chile Food Company Burritos
Green Chile Food company’s frozen burritos may also have been contaminated with listeria. If you bought any between March 8 and May 10 and live in California, Illinois, Oregon, or South Dakota, it’s time to toss them in the trash.
Aunt Jemima Waffles Recall
Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast
Aunt Jemima’s frozen pancakes, waffles, and french toast, which are distributed nationally, were also found to be contaminated with listeria.
Banquet Frozen Dinner Recall
Banquet Frozen Dinners
Brownie desserts in Banquet’s frozen dinners may have been contaminated with salmonella, a common but serious form of food poisoning. If you’ve got any of these in your freezer, check for a best by date of July 20, 2018 — your food may have been infected.
Lays Kettle Cooked Jalapeno Recall
Frito-Lays Jalapeño-Flavored Chips
In late April, Frito-Lay also had a salmonella scare with their jalapeño-flavored chips. Their Lay’s kettle cooked potato chips and Miss Vicki’s kettle cooked chips were both affected.
Tyson Chicken Recall
Tyson Breaded Chicken
Tyson Food’s breaded chicken may have undeclared milk products in them, which can be dangerous for those with milk sensitivities or allergies, including those who are lactose intolerant.
Chef Boyardee Recall
Chef Boyardee Pasta Products
Tyson's breaded chicken isn't the only product with undeclared milk. Several Chef Boyardee pastas were also recalled for the same reason.
Kroger Dessert Cups Recall
Kroger Dessert Cups
As were Kroger’s dessert cups, which didn't list milk products in their ingredients.
Red Robin Onion Rings Recall
Red Robin Frozen Onion Rings
Red Robin frozen onion rings also failed to declared milk product ingredients.
Publix Spinach Artichoke Dip Recall
Publix Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Publix shoppers in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennesee, North Carolina or South Carolina may be alarmed to find glass fragments in their artichoke and spinach dip.
Wegmans Roundys Harris Teeter Hash Browns Recall
Wegmans O'Brien, Roundy's Brand, and Harris Teeter Frozen Hash Browns
If your frozen hash browns are Wegmans O’Brien, Roundy’s, or Harris Teeter, you’ll want to check carefully for golf ball materials — yep, like pieces of shredded golf balls. Yikes.