Recall Roundup: February 2019
With the stores stocked full of heart-shaped chocolates and romantic Valentine’s Day plans on everyone’s mind, February is a month full of love! But for people who encountered a dangerous or defective product, February was anything but lovely. Is there a recalled product in your home, kitchen, or garage? Check out our February 2019 Recall Roundup to find out!
When it comes to food recalls, undeclared allergens are a common culprit. This is when an allergen, like nuts, milk, or gluten, is in a product but not actually listed on the label. Generally, this occurs when a product is manufactured in a factory with other products, leading to cross-contamination. It also occurs when an ingredient is mistakenly or negligently left off a list. Undeclared allergens are particularly dangerous because a person with allergies may look at the ingredients and believe that the product is safe to consume. For some people, contact with an undeclared allergen can lead to mild discomfort. For others, it could cause a serious, life-threatening reaction, including anaphylaxis.
Some food products that were recalled in February 2019 due to undeclared allergens include:
- Concord Foods salsa seasoning mix
- Chukar Cherries amaretto dark chocolate cherries
- Nature’s Path Foods Envirokidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch, and Jungle Munch cereals
- Ottogi American noodles
- VICS Acquisition chicken products
- Frito-Lay Stacy’s Simply Naked pita chips
Unique Recall Reasons
In February 2019, we also saw some food products recalled for more unique reasons. Two products—Smoked Alaska Seafoods smoked silver salmon and Oskri Organics nut butter, were recalled for risks of botulism and listeria, respectively. Botulism is a rare disease caused by a toxin which can grow in home-canned, preserved, and fermented foods. It can lead to serious health complications, including muscle paralysis, and can be fatal. Listeria, on the other hand, is an infection caused by a bacterium called listeria monocytogens. It can lead to flu-like symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and muscles aches. Listeria can be fatal, especially for children, elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems.
Two other foods, both sheat fish products from Maxfield Seafood and Q’s American Best Trading, were recalled after it was discovered that they were not properly inspected upon entering the United States. When food products enter the United States, they are inspected by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA checks to make sure the products are safe, sanitary, and in accordance with American requirements.
Finally, Pilgrim’s Pride breaded popcorn chicken was recalled due to bits of rubber in the product. Foreign materials, like rubber, bits of metal, and plastic, can contaminate foods during handling, processing, or any other part of the production process. It often occurs due to unsanitary conditions or improper protocol. When a material like rubber ends up in a food product, it can lead to mouth and tooth injuries, illness, and choking hazards.
Any food recalls, whether it’s a matter of undeclared allergens or a bit of rubber, should always be taken seriously!
Around the House
While food recalls made up a lot of February 2019’s recall lists, a few other products also found themselves impacted by dangerous defects. An ongoing airbag recall, which we recently blogged about, led to the recall of vehicles by Subaru, Ferrari, and Tesla, while vehicles by Mazda, Porsche, Harley Davidson, and Kia faced recalls over other defects. In home products, Crate and Barrel recalled their holiday milk bottles due to a laceration hazard. A turkey fryer from American Sports + Outdoors was recalled over a fire hazard.
If you found yourself faced with an “unlovable” product during February 2019, check out this blog on how to deal with a product recall.
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