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Food recalls are happening at an alarming rate. Whether the FDA and other associated agencies are cracking down harder or food manufacturers are getting lazy, it’s not a good sign for consumers. And some products are spending more time being removed from grocery shelves rather than being purchased. Below are 5 of the most recalled food products that you should probably steer clear of.
For those who live a busy life or just hate to cook, frozen dinner meals are a lifesaver. Unfortunately, some of the most popular frozen meals have been contaminated with salmonella or listeria. While other meat-based frozen meals have either spoiled for being cooked too long prior to being frozen or have contained bone fragments.
There is no way to tell what has been added to these meals in order to preserve their shelf life. And many people have given up on frozen meals altogether just to be cautious. Frozen meals are at the top of the list for food items to avoid.
Hummus has gained popularity as a healthy alternative to high-fat dip. Whether its pretzel sticks, chips, or vegetables, hummus has become a very diverse and delicious dip.
However, two of the top brands, Trader Joe’s and Sabra had to recall their products due to the presence of listeria. It’s even been tough keeping listeria out of the different hummus toppings. This is a huge disappointment for all hummus lovers.
Eggs are used in so many delicious edible concoctions. It’s such a disappointment that they are one of the most recalled food items around. In fact, in 2014 alone, the FDA recalled 400 million eggs for being contaminated with salmonella.
If you’re a vegan, you’re good to go. But for everyone else, it is vital to always check your eggs for cracks or strange topical blemishes before putting them in your shopping cart.
Romaine lettuce just went through a huge recall at the end of 2018 due to E. coli. The farm associated with the main outbreak had to also recall some of its other produce including cauliflower and red leaf lettuce.
Despite the most recent incident, romaine lettuce is highly susceptible to E. coli and other infections. If you are an avid salad junkie, you may want to be more picky as to which green leaves you consume.
If you are a fan of this tropical fruit, you’ll want to make sure your favorite type or brand hasn’t been recalled. It isn’t uncommon for tropical fruits to be recalled for salmonella. Recently, maradol papayas from Mexico tested positive for this particular contamination.
It may be a good idea to stay away from some of these foods altogether, especially if they’ve been recalled from several reputable manufacturers. If you insist on continuing to buy some of the food on this list, please do your research to determine which brands have issued the most recalls. Wise shopping can only increase your chances of staying healthy.