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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.
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.
by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Farmworkers in Florida have to work in “dangerously hot” heat for 116 days of the year, Sam Bloch reported in The Counter. These farmworkers, according to the CDC, are 20 times more likely to die from heat than other US civilians. Despite the high levels of fatalities farmworkers face […]
Why This Matters: After the President suggested that disinfectants might be a good treatment for COVID-19, many worried about the public improperly using household cleaning products to treat themselves. But there are also manufacturers who peddle dangerous products and we need to be able to trust the government when it says a product should or should not be used in fighting COVID.
As coronavirus cases are once again surging across the country, it’s evident that our leaders do not have total control of this pandemic. This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s issued a dire warning that daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues on its current trend. While some states have […]
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