More Fresh Food Recalls: Listeria, Salmonella Threats


This is not a good week for grocery retailers, who are facing multiple recalls of fresh produce and meat over serious health concerns. Here’s what you need to know to keep your family safe.

Onion Recall Expands to More Stores

The FDA has further expanded the nationwide recall of onions after hundreds of people became ill from salmonella. The outbreak is linked to a single supplier in California that shipped red, yellow, white, and sweet onions across the US and Canada.

The New York Times reports that there have now been more than 900 cases of salmonella. About 15% of those cases have required a stay in the hospital.

West Coast customers of Trader Joe’s and Ralph’s now need to check their onions for a sticker bearing the name “Pacific Gold.” That’s in addition to onions sold at Publix, Food Lion, Kroger, Fred Meyer, and H-E-B. The FDA warns that if you don’t know exactly where the onions came from, you should not eat them.

Potatoes and Citrus Fruits Could Be Tainted with Listeria

As if salmonella onions weren’t bad enough, the FDA announced that potatoes, lemons, limes, and oranges could also be contaminated. Freshouse II LLC revealed that one of their packing plants tested positive for Listeria.

The products were shipping to North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. They are sold under the following brand names:

  • Freshouse
  • Natures Promise
  • Fresh from the Start
  • Wegmans

You can find more specific information about lot codes and other details here.

200,000 lbs of Mr. Wok Meats Recalled

The USDA warns that Mr. Wok meat and poultry products could contain life-threatening undeclared allergens. Although the product labels did not mention these ingredients, the packages could include:

  • Milk
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Peanuts
  • Oysters
  • MSG
  • Sesame
  • Sulphites

Many of those are extremely serious allergens that could cause severe reactions, including death. The recalled products include a wide variety of frozen foods. If you purchased anything from Mr. Wok in the last year, chances are good that it could contain any of the undeclared allergens above.

You can find all the details on the USDA website.

Fred Meyer Recalls Cheese Dips

One more quick recall for the road. Retailer Fred Meyer is recalling cheese dips sold at the deli counter. The dips could be contaminated with salmonella. The products could contain onions from the major ongoing recall.

We saw something similar late last year when a hard-boiled egg recall by Almark Foods spilled over into prepared products. Expect more recalls related to the tainted onions as this situation continues to unfold.