If You Have This Popular Snack at Home, Throw It Away Now

John Quinn
·4 min read

This time of year, school-aged kids tend to do tons of fundraisers, and if you generously bought one particular snack from a little one in your life, you could be putting yourself or your family in danger. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reports that a misbranded and misleading label on some pork snack sticks sold for fundraising purposes has resulted in a nationwide recall. Read on to find out if you have this product at home, and for another recall you should know about, check out If You Have This Bread at Home, Get Rid of It Now.

The product in question comes from Country Meats, a company that offers 12 flavors of smoked snacks sold for fundraisers for just $1 each. The recall is specifically in regards to Country Meats Hot BBQ Flavor Smoked Pork Snack Sticks. The problem is that the package may be labeled Hot BBQ, but it could in fact contain the Chili Cheese flavor. The cheese flavor does contain milk and the BBQ option does not, which means the dairy product is not listed in the ingredients, making it dangerous to anyone with a milk allergy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists eight items as major food allergens, with milk at the top of the list. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) requires that any food or ingredients that contain one of these substances must be labeled with the name of the allergen source. According to the Mayo Clinic, while a milk allergy most commonly causes hives, wheezing, swelling of the lips, and vomiting, at its most serious, it can cause anaphylaxis with difficulty breathing and a drop in blood pressure.

The recalled pork snack sticks come in 1-ounce units and can be identified by the USA mark of inspection, EST. 17433, and the best-by date of 11/06/2021.

Luckily, "there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products," FSIS notes. "Consumers with food allergies who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away."

For other recent food recalls that should be on your radar, read on, and for more dishes to forgo right now, Don't Eat This One Traditional Holiday Dish, Health Experts Warn.

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Trader Joe's edamame

edamame seasoned on a plate
edamame seasoned on a plate

On Dec. 16, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Trader Joe's Lightly Salted Edamame had been recalled due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised. Even among healthy individuals, listeria can cause "high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea," as well as miscarriages and stillbirths, the FDA notes.

According to the FDA's notice, the recalled edamame, which comes from Las Vegas-based Tesoros Trading Co., is sold in 16-ounce bags and has one of the following codes on the package: 22LA102 M, 22LA102 N, or 22LA102 P. The FDA recommends that anyone with one of the affected bags of edamame not eat it and return it to Trader Joe's for a full refund. And if you want to protect yourself against another potential danger, know that If You Take These Popular Supplements, You Need to Stop Now.

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Publix's holiday cookies

Another allergy issue led to the recall of Publix Bakery's Holiday Cookie Platters recently after it was discovered that they contained undeclared pecans. Allergies to tree nuts and seeds tend to be particularly severe, even "causing life-threatening and sometimes fatal reactions," according to the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester. Publix's cookies in question are sold in a 20-ounce, clear plastic container with UPC 41415 88690, marked with lot W34326 and a best by date of 10/APR/2021 on the top. And for another recall to know about, check out If You Bought This From Walmart, Get Rid of It Right Now.

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Mary's chicken breast

grilled chicken breast
grilled chicken breast

FSIS also sounded the alarm in early December over cases of Mary's Fully Cooked Chicken Breast that were distributed through California, when it was discovered the chicken appeared to be undercooked. The recall was marked as "Class 1" due to a "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." And for more recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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Fresh Attitude's spinach

A bowl of freshly washed spinach leaves
A bowl of freshly washed spinach leaves

Vegetables were also a potential source of danger recently, with the FDA warning in November that baby spinach from the Fresh Attitude brand could be contaminated with salmonella. While normally an unpleasant bug, for the medically vulnerable, this can be potentially fatal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that salmonella causes around 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the U.S. each year. And in order to stay safe in another way at home, If You Bought This Home Product From Amazon, Return It Now.