The number of grocery recalls has gone up in recent years, and so far in February, several grocery items are being pulled from shelves. A couple of favorites in the frozen section and even a snack sold at Costco and other supermarkets have the potential to be dangerous for your health, but now there are a few more to add to the list.
Here’s everything you need to know about the latest recalls announced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). (And for more, here are 6 Things You’ll See at Costco This Year.)
According to a recall announcement posted by the FSIS, Morgan Foods of Austin, Ind. Skyline Chili says over 2,200 pounds of its canned Skyline Chili is misbranded and may contain undeclared allergens. What should be chili may actually contain cream of chicken soup. Ingredients for the soup include milk, wheat, and soy, and are not mentioned on the label for the chili.
“The problem was discovered by consumers who reported to the company that the cans labeled as chili contained cream of chicken soup,” the notice says. “There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.”
The cans were shipped nationwide and have an expiration date of December 21, 2024 on them as well as a lot code of L2121 and a product code of CHC8T UPY. Since the chili is shelf-stable, “FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ pantries. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”
The FDA sends out alerts for recalled items, and a recent one reveals the details of a strawberry recall that was issued on Jan. 21. However, the fruit was harvested between Jan. 17-19 and then distributed to distribution centers in California, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Missouri, and Maryland, as well as possibly Ontario, Canada.
The strawberries were recalled because some lots exceeded the government’s “Maximum Residual Limit (MRL) for the pesticide Etoxazole,” the alert says. Even though it is “terminated”, the recall is classified as a Class III situation, which the FDA says means that the “use of, or exposure to…a product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”
Since the strawberries were sold fresh they are no longer in grocery stores, but if they are in your fridge or freezer, be sure to throw them out or return them to the place of purchase.
Almost 920 cases of the Pretty Thai Chili Stir Fry & Barbecue Sauce in 11.2-ounce bottles from Ponder Foods sold in New York and Texas may contain undeclared peanuts, the FDA says in another recall alert. This recall was initiated on Feb. 9 but was recently classified by the FDA as a Class II recall, which is “a situation in which use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious health consequences is remote.”
Few other details about the recall are known, except that the bottles have a lot number of 34321CBPTSAPEA0103.
Around 3 million Americans have an allergy to peanuts, and should they consume this sauce they may run the risk of suffering a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction.
“Brut and Sure are voluntarily recalling aerosol spray products showing an expiration date of August 2023 or earlier. This recall is being made out of an abundance of caution due to the presence of benzene in the products,” according to the company via a website called brutsurerecall2022.com. The cans were distributed prior to June 7, 2021.
Benzene is a chemical that is considered to be a human carcinogen, and repeated exposure can result in leukemia, blood cancer, and blood disorders. No reports of any illnesses related to these deodorants have been reported, but it is being issued out of an abundance of caution, the FDA says.
The cans come in sizes ranging from 4-ounces to 154 grams and have an expiration date of August 2023. The company is issuing refunds for anyone with any of the variations through this link.
For more info, here are the 6 Grocery Items Most Likely to Be Recalled, Experts Say.