Recall Roundup: Meatballs, Fords, Zingers, and More


Welcome to another Recall Roundup! We assembled bite-sized write-ups of the biggest, most important, and sometimes weirdest recalls that impact your world.

This week, we’ve got updates on the ongoing salad recalls. In addition, we’ll look at Ford’s latest recall, 16,000 pounds of frozen meat, and moldy Zingers.

Coco’s Italian Market Recalls Frozen Meat Products

If you live in Tennessee and have frozen Italian food in your freezer, take a look to see if it is Coco’s Italian Market brand. The company just recalled multiple frozen meal products, including meatball, ravioli, and pizza.

The meats were imported without federal marks of inspection, meaning that the USDA did not get a chance to test the food before it went to customers. There were also issues with the labeling of the pizza products.

While the rules for labels and inspection might seem overly restrictive, it’s important that food is safe and reliable to consume. There might be nothing wrong with the 8 tons of frozen food that was just recalled–but we don’t know, and that’s the problem.

Bagged Salad Sickness Continues to Spread

Just one processing plant contaminated with Cyclospora has sickened over 600 people in 11 states. We’ve been tracking this recall for a while, and it just keeps getting worse.

The issue is that the Fresh Express plant produced bagged salads for multiple store brands: Fresh Express, ALDI Little Salad Bar, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco Signature Farms, ShopRite Wholesome Pantry, and Walmart Marketside.

You should proceed with caution when purchasing any bagged salad blends right now. Look for the product code Z178. Any salad in that lot should have been pulled from the shelves already.

Hostess Recalls Raspberry Zingers

Have you ever had a Raspberry Zinger? They’re like Twinkies, but with actual flavor. These bright red snack cakes rolled in coconut are pretty darn tasty… but now when they are covered in mold.

Hostess Brands is recalling multiple batches of snack cakes in various package sizes, all with “Best By” dates between 08/26/2020 and 08/29/2020. Although it’s not clear how many consumers opened up a fresh pack of Zingers only to find mold, but it was widespread enough to prompt a recall.

Ford Pulls 26,000 Vehicles in 3 Recalls

Automaker Ford is recalling 2016-2020 Lincoln MKX and Nautilus vehicles. Specifically, they need to fix those with 16-way power seats. The wiring of the seat harness can become damaged over time. If that happens, the airbags might not deploy correctly.

In addition, F-650 and F-750 trucks have an issue with thermal protection. The 2020 models may not have all the components installed. This means the cabin floor and seat attachments can get dangerously hot. Ouch!

Finally, a handful of Escape and Transit vehicles may have airbags that don’t inflate properly. If you think your vehicle might be involved in any of these recalls, enter the VIN into the NHTSA database or contact your local Ford dealer.