Don’t Let Food Contamination Spoil Your Thanksgiving

CNN reported that federal food inspectors want consumers to check their fridges and pantries for several items that could make them sick — from lettuce to cheese nips — due to a series of issues — from E. coli to lack of inspection.  Dozens of people have fallen ill across more than 15 states from food contamination in recent days.  Keep reading for the products to avoid — especially lettuce in pre-packaged bags and romaine lettuce from Salinas, California.

Why This Matters:  No one wants to have Thanksgiving ruined by foodborne illnesses that are preventable if you get the warning.  The problem, as we learned particularly during the government shutdown earlier this year, is that there are gaps in the warning and inspection system.  So watch closely for any warnings and food recall notices that the government puts out.

Here is the Full List (so far)

  • Romaine Lettuce from Salinas, California.  AND if you don’t know where your romaine lettuce came from, don’t eat it.  “If romaine lettuce does not have labeling information for its growing area or the source cannot be confirmed, consumers should not eat or use the romaine,” said Frank Yiannas of the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Ready Pac brand Chicken Caesar Salad.  Health officials tested and found it positive for E. coli last Thursday, the USDA news release said.  According to CNN, the bags that tested positive had been shipped to distribution locations in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  • Raw Pork Products in Illinois.  The 515,000 pounds of raw pork items were produced and distributed in Illinois, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said, and they include pork loin, pork back ribs and pork chops. The complete list of affected items can be found here.   CNN said that the TOTAL recall came about because federal officials received an anonymous tip that the company was producing products without inspection.
  • Frozen Chicken Fried Rice with the “P-34708″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.”   A Mississippi company is recalling 172,692 pounds of chicken fried rice products because they may contain plastic pieces that were shipped to retail locations in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas.
  • Cheese Nips 11 oz Boxes with “best by” date of May 18, 19 or 20, 2020.  The company is recalling these cheese crackers  “due to the potential presence of small food-grade yellow plastic pieces,” the Food and Drug Administration said.
  • Breakstone 2% Milkfat Lowfat Cottage Cheese, plus 4% Milkfat Cottage Cheese with a use-by date of December 10, 2019.  Approximately 9,500 cases of cottage cheese are being recalled after a customer found a piece of red plastic in a container.
  • Blackberries Sold By Fresh Thyme Stores.  An outbreak of hepatitis A in Indiana, Nebraska, and Wisconsin has been potentially linked to blackberries authorities say.

To Go DeeperClick here to learn why E. coli makes you sick.

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