Recall Roundup: November 2017
The winter holidays are upon us! We know, you’re probably still recovering from your Thanksgiving “food coma” or sorting through your Black Friday finds. But with holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah coming up fast, it’s time to start breaking out the decorations, planning meals, and finding those perfect gifts.
During the winter holiday season, gift-giving, donations, and overall generosity play an important role. While there’s nothing better than the feeling of giving a loved one that perfect gift, or donating a toy to an underprivileged child, the season of giving also means that you have to keep product recalls in mind. You wouldn’t want to give someone a gift that could potentially cause them harm!
Too overwhelmed with holiday preparation to even begin researching recent product recalls? We’re here to help with our November 2017 Recall Roundup!
The Best of Times and Worst of Times for Chocolate Lovers
From steaming hot cocoa to luxurious gift boxes, the holiday season provides plenty of delights for chocolate lovers. But before gifting or serving a chocolatey treat, check the label. In November 2017, nine manufacturers saw recalls of their chocolates or chocolate-containing products:
- Lipari Foods
- Seattle Gourmet Foods
- Setton International
- Aurora Products
- 21st Century Snack Foods
- Shoreline Fruit
For all these companies, the reason for the recall was an undeclared allergen. For most, the allergen was milk or a nut product. When a product contains an undeclared allergen, someone with a food allergy may consume it, thinking it is safe for them to eat. As a result, they could experience a wide array of reactions, ranging from mild discomfort to a potentially fatal reaction called anaphylaxis. This is why food manufacturers need to list all ingredients on their labels, and make note of any allergens that the product might have been in contact with.
As mentioned above, many people get into the holiday spirit by donating to local homeless shelters, food banks, or other organizations. During the holidays, it can be particularly tough to not have a warm meal, and food donations are a wonderful way to spread cheer and happiness.
If you’re planning to donate food products, it’s very important that you be aware of any recent food recalls. While you generally won’t be held liable if you unintentionally donate a recalled product, taking steps to avoid a dangerous donation is the right thing to do during the holidays.
Thankfully, there weren’t too many food recalls in November 2017. Some of the biggest food-related recalls involved the chocolate products mentioned above, but others food recalls include:
- Fit and Active protein bars, recalled for containing pieces of plastic
- Casa Sanchez guacamole, for listeria concerns
- Stop and Shop corn, also for listeria concerns
- Trader Joe’s dips, including hummus and tahini, for listeria concerns
- Hot Pockets pizza bites, recalled due to undeclared allergens
Food recalls are not something to mess around with, particularly when they concern serious dangers like listeria, a bacterium that can cause an unpleasant illness. So whether you’re donating, cooking for your family, or bringing a dish to a party, avoid these food products.
While we’re still enjoying the sunshine, most of the country starts to experiencing chilly weather during the holiday season. If you have a young child looking forward to playing in the snow or visiting grandparents up north, do some research on winter gear. A poncho from JW Crawford and a quilted jacket by Oshkosh have been recalled, for a strangulation hazard and a choking hazard, respectively. Additionally, three children’s sleepwear companies faced recalls in November 2017, all for products that contained flammable material.
Happy Holiday Shopping!
We know that there is a lot to deal with during the upcoming holiday season. But by staying on top of recent recalls, you can make sure that all your gifts, donations, and even special treats that you buy for yourself are safe and free or dangers or defects. Happy holiday shopping!
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