Chicken and beef are particularly susceptible to deadly pathogens like Salmonella and E. coli, which necessitate rigorous inspections at facilities and industries. However, recalls have become more prevalent than ever before as manufacturers seek to avoid any reputation damages by voluntarily recalling dubious items.
Tyson Foods Inc. recalled 8.5 million pounds of cooked chicken products because of possible contamination of Listeria, and nearly 100,000 lbs of chicken patties were withdrawn by Trader Joe’s after residue was discovered in the “pieces of bone.” While the United States is one of the safest food exporters in the world, meat and pork production is a large part of U.S. agriculture in terms of volume. In a year, US meat output reaches more than 50 billion pounds – an amount that must be evaluated carefully.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in the United States has announced numerous recalls of various meat items. With all this in mind, here is everything you should know about the specific meals that may put you at risk right now in the 15 states where these meat products have been recalled.
1 — Dole Chicken Caesar Salad
The fresh salad Dole Caesar from Safeway Fresh Foods has been recalled because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The product contains anchovies, wheat and egg as components that are all known allergies that were not added on the label. Anyone who is allergic to any of these items might have a severe or life-threatening reaction.
Approximately 715 lbs of the chicken salad was distributed in a 13.6-oz plastic bowl with a usage-by date of May 5, 2022 with lot code number: S109000 1, which is on the top of the front label.
The Caesar salad was sent to restaurants and specialty food retailers in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia. There haven’t been any reports of illness or undesirable effects due to the labeling error yet, but this item is in your refrigerator, bin it immediately or return it to the store where you bought it.
2 — Pork and Chicken Stew
Approximately 12,472LBS of frozen stew products produced by Pop’s Que and Stew have been recalled. Although there is no immediate health hazard associated with these items. “FSIS is responsible for making sure that the country’s commercial supply of poultry, meat, and egg products is safe to consume, wholesome, and labeled and packaged correctly,” according to the Federal Register.
The recall involves 30-ounce tubs of Pop’s Homemade Brunswick Stew that have sell-by dates through Nov. 30, 2022, as well as 59-ounce plastic bags that have same product. The packaged stew lacks any additional identifying information about the manufacturer or product information on the label.
Affected goods were manufactured between May of 2020 and May of 2022, then sold in Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. A regular FSIS surveillance operation revealed that the Brunswick stew meals did not bear the USDA seal of inspection and were made at a facility that had never been inspected by the USDA.
Although there have been no reports of illness or health concerns linked to the dish, the FSIS advises that anyone who has it not consume it but either dispose of or return it where they purchased it.
3 — Mortadella
Due to undeclared allergens and misbranding, about 862 pounds of various ready-to-eat pork deli products have been recalled. The FSIS recall notice adds that the deli meat has pistachios but does not mention the potentially fatal tree nut allergy on the label.
The recall is for Mortadella Classica items that were sold in Oregon, Maine, and Washington. The packaging on the goods produced between February 10 and February 13, 2022 read “Olympia Provisions Mortabella Classica with Garlic & Spices” and have a best-by date of 06-13-2022 and 07-14-2022, as well as batch codes of 0402 and 0422. Additionally, inside the USDA mark of inspection, “EST. 39928.”