You might want to pass on serving popcorn at your next movie night. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced a major recall on a popular brand of popcorn. Read on to discover if the snacks in your pantry are destined for the trash. And if you want to play it safe, If You Have This Vegetable in Your Fridge, the FDA Says Get Rid of It.
On Jan. 25, the FDA announced the voluntary recall of one particular lot of Bickel's Snack Foods' 8-oz. Butter Flavored Popcorn. The popcorn subject to the recall was packed incorrectly and may contain milk, although its packaging makes no mention of the potential allergen. As such, anyone with milk allergy or sensitivity "could experience a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product," the recall notice explains.
The recalled popcorn, which was sold exclusively at Publix stores in Georgia and North Carolina, is printed with UPC code 70175 06021 and has a use by date of March 29, 2021, as well as bearing the letters Z1 E1. If you have the affected popcorn at home, the FDA recommends either throwing it away or returning it to Publix to receive a refund of your purchase.
The recall is just the latest in a long list of products being pulled from grocery store shelves recently, however. Read on to discover if other foods in your kitchen should be tossed, too. And while you're clearing out your fridge, If You Have This Milk at Home, the FDA Says Get Rid of It Now.
Ruffles potato chips
Popcorn isn't the only popular snack food that's been pulled from shelves in recent weeks. On Jan. 21, the FDA announced the recall of 13.5-oz bags of Ruffles Original Potato Chips due to undisclosed milk, which could trigger allergic reactions in some individuals. The chips subject to the recall were sold only in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, and bear Manufacturing Code 225335014 and sell by date 23 Mar. 2021 on the packaging. The FDA recommends that anyone with the affected chips "return the product to a retailer for a refund." In order to avoid another potential problem in your kitchen, know that If You Have These Microwave Meals at Home, Get Rid of Them Now.
Bob Evans Italian sausage
Sausage, peppers, and…pieces of rubber? That's what some unfortunate folks may have found in their sandwiches after using a particular batch of Bob Evans Italian Sausage. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Jan. 22 that Bob Evans had recalled close to 4,200 pounds of the pork sausage due to potential contamination with pieces of blue rubber. Sold in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, the affected sausage was sold in one-pound packages printed with lot code 0352, establishment number EST. 6785, and a use/freeze by date of Jan. 31, 2021. If you have this recalled sausage at home, either throw it away or return it to the store for a refund, the FSIS recommends. And for more recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Door County Coffee&Tea Co. French vanilla cappuccino cups
Your afternoon pick-me-up may be destined for the garbage bin. On Jan. 21, the FDA announced that Door County Coffee&Tea Co. had pulled its French Vanilla Flavored Cappuccino Single Serve Cups from stores after it was discovered that some containers contained milk or soy that was not included on the ingredients list, making them potentially dangerous for individuals with allergies or sensitivities. The affected coffee comes in 5.1-oz packages and is printed with the lot code 1C092220-2 and a Sept. 2, 2022 expiration date or lot code 1C120220-A and a Dec. 2, 2022 expiration date. Anyone with the cappuccino cups at home is "urged to discard the product and contact Door County Coffee&Tea Co for a refund," the recall notice states.
House-Autry tartar sauce
Before you plate those fish and chips, make sure your tartar sauce is safe to serve alongside them. On Jan. 22, the FDA announced that House-Autry had recalled 9-oz. bottles of its tartar sauce "due to the company's co-manufacturer's verification of spoilage associated with the product." The affected bottles have best by dates of Aug. 18, 2021, Aug. 23, 2021, Sept. 16, 2021, Sept. 17, 2021, Sept. 18, 2021, and Sept. 21, 2021. They were sold between Dec. 15, 2020 and Jan. 18, 2021. If you have one of the recalled condiments at home, you can return it to the store from which it was purchased for a full refund—or just throw it out. And if you don't want an unwelcome surprise with your next microwave meal, If You Have This Beloved Snack at Home, Throw It Away Immediately.