You might want to check your crisper drawer before you start preparing your dinner tonight. A popular bagged salad is being recalled over possible contamination with an allergen that could lead to "a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction" in susceptible individuals, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read on to discover if you should purge your fridge of this popular grocery item, and for another product to look out for, beware that If You Have These Meats in Your Fridge, Get Rid of Them Immediately.
In a recall notice dated Jan. 5, the FDA announced that Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. had voluntarily recalled select lots of its Dole Sesame Asian Chopped Salad Kit. The salads in question, which are printed with the Best If Used By date of Jan. 15, 2021, were packaged with the wrong dressing and toppings. The included dressing and toppings have undeclared eggs, which could lead to a potentially fatal allergic reaction for individuals with egg allergies, the FDA states.
Affected salads, which were sold in Alaska, California, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah, bear the UPC number 0-71430-00035-9 and the lot code B364016 or B364017. Although no injuries or illnesses related to the salad's consumption have been reported yet, anyone with one of the salads at home "should not consume it, but rather discard it," the FDA states.
Dole isn't the only company that's had to pull their products from shelves recently—read on to discover which other food companies have had major recalls in recent weeks. And while you're clearing out your kitchen, know that If You Have This Popular Snack at Home, Throw It Away Now.
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Trader Joe's Almond Kringle
On Dec. 18, the FDA announced the recall of 3,173 packages of O&H Danish Bakery Almond Kringle due to potential contamination with "undeclared pecans." The affected treats were sold at Trader Joe's locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, and bear the code #26720 on the nutritional label. If you have a package of Almond Kringle from this lot at home, the FDA recommends throwing it away, returning it to the store from which you purchased it, or contacting Trader Joe's with a photo of the product for a refund. And if you want to keep yourself safe, If You Bought This Home Product From Amazon, Return It Now.
Trader Joe's edamame
Almond Kringle wasn't the only snack Trader Joe's has had to pull from shelves in recent weeks. On Dec. 16, the FDA announced that Trader Joe's had recalled its 16-ounce bags of Lightly Salted Edamame due to potential contamination with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause "high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea" in otherwise healthy individuals. It can also result in miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant people, and can lead to fatal infections among children, the elderly, and the medically vulnerable. The edamame in question, which has codes 22LA102 M, 22LA102 N, or 22LA102 P on the packaging, can be returned to the Trader Joe's from which it was purchased for a full refund. And for more products to ditch ASAP, If You Bought This From Walmart, Get Rid of It Right Now.
Canyon Bakehouse breads
Before you make your next sandwich, you might want to check the label on that loaf of bread. On Dec. 4, the FDA announced the voluntary recall of Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White Bread and Canyon Bakehouse Everything Bagels due to potential gluten contamination. The bread products in question, which were sold in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, should be returned to the store they were purchased from for a full refund or thrown out, according to the FDA. And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Dole romaine hearts
Dole's Sesame Asian Chopped Salad Kit isn't the only crisper staple the company has recalled recently. On Nov. 21, the FDA announced that Dole had voluntarily recalled three-packs of organic romaine hearts over the potential risk of E. coli contamination, which can cause "diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting," according to the FDA notice. While the potentially contaminated lettuce was sold in numerous stores across 15 states, the FDA notes that they were harvested on Oct. 23 and Oct. 26, meaning the affected bags should no longer be in circulation. And for another product to watch out for, check out If You Use This Mouthwash, the FDA Says to Stop Immediately.