November 2019 Recall Roundup
From the turkey and mashed potatoes for our Thanksgiving feasts to the toys and electronics on our Black Friday shopping lists, products play a big role in our lives throughout November and the start of the winter holiday season. But thanks to our desires for hearty food on the table and gifts under the tree, a recall on a dangerous or defective product during the holiday season can mean chaos! As we all ease out of our Thanksgiving “food comas” and into the busy holiday season, we’re here with our latest Recall Roundup to keep you updated on recent recalls and dangerous products.
Avoiding Foodborne Illness This Thanksgiving
We might have joked about food comas above, but getting actually sick from a food product is no laughing matter. Foodborne illnesses can range from mild food poisoning to serious conditions. They can even lead to hospitalization or death, especially for children, elderly people, or people with compromised immune systems.
This month, one food recall revolved around a particularly scary illness: botulism. Caused by a toxin which thrives in improperly stored food, botulism can cause paralysis and respiratory issues, and can be fatal or lead to life-long consequences if it is not properly treated. Luckily, no illness have been linked to the recalled product, smoked salmon from Mill Stream Corp., but anyone who has purchased the product should still immediately dispose of it, even if it looks or smells fine to eat.
Two other illnesses also made an appearance in the November 2019 Recall Roundup: listeria and salmonella. Both can cause unpleasant symptoms, including headaches, muscles aches, and general flu-like symptoms for listeria, and abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea and vomiting for salmonella. Listeria and salmonella are generally not fatal for otherwise healthy people, but can still be painful and uncomfortable. That is why this month, you should avoid vegetable products from Mann Packing and Central Valley ground beef.
Dangers in the Pantry, Fridge, and Medicine Cabinet
A few other food recalls in November 2019 include:
- Kettle Cuisine cauliflower parmesan soup
- Nestle USA ready-to-bake cookie dough
- Wawona Frozen Foods frozen raspberries
- H&T Seafood swai fillets
In November 2019, we also saw an uptick in medicine-related recalls. Three pharmaceutical companies—Lannet, Amenal Pharmaceuticals, and American Health Packaging, issued recalls for their ranitidine syrup products used to treat ulcer patients. The recall comes after the Food and Drug Administration found that the product contains dangerously high levels of carcinogens. Anyone using this product should contact their healthcare provider about what to do next, particularly if they are experiencing any health issues.
Travel is on many people’s mind during this time of year, so having a car that is safe and ready for your holiday journey is a must! Whether you plan to travel by car, RV, or even by motorcycle, these are some vehicle recalls you should be aware of this holiday season:
Getting Ready For Guests
Finally, if you are hosting family or friends at your home over the holidays, you want to make sure that there are no recalled products around the house. This month, we saw some unique around-the-house products get recalled, from knitting needles to kitchen essentials.
- Grace Digital speakers
- B&B Acquisition essential oils
- United National Closeout Store isometric exercise device
- Kenmore microwave ovens
- Skylight power adapters
- Skacel Collection knitting needles
During the holidays, a recall is the last thing anyone wants to think about! However, it’s important to be aware of dangerous products that could be lurking on your table or under the tree. To stay safe during the holidays, be sure to stay tuned for our next edition of Recall Roundup!
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