Which Foods Are Most Likely to Be Recalled?

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Every week, there’s another food recall. Whether it’s for produce, baked goods, or meats, food recalls are always scary. The idea that you or your family could get sick from something you bought at the grocery store is a frightening one!

So, which items have the most likelihood of being recalled for health concerns? Let’s take a look at some of the items that are most commonly recalled in the US to help you decide which to avoid buying unless you can be certain of their quality.

Leafy Greens

It is surprisingly easy for leafy greens to get recalled. This is almost always due to E. coli concerns. The reasoning for this is a bit complicated. In short, leafy greens are typically grown close to the ground, and the farms that raise them are usually near cattle farms. When cattle droppings get into the water near leafy green growing farms, E. coli infections can easily get all over the leaves when farmers water the plants.

Since you don’t usually cook leafy greens before you eat them, this contamination is much more likely to actually make its way into your system.

Beef

One-third of all recalls issued in 2018 were for beef. The reasoning is simple: it’s easy for raw meat to go bad. Issues like salmonella and E. coli are all too common in beef production, and these contaminants lead to hundreds of recalls in the beef industry. Make sure you’re only buying beef that you know is of top quality, and be careful when preparing it so that it doesn’t make you sick.

Chicken

Of all the different types of foods you can buy, chicken is the one that is subjected to the most recalls and health scares. If you’ve ever cooked with chicken, you know how careful you need to be with the raw meat. It needs to be heated up to very exact temperatures and handled with care. Cross-contamination in a kitchen is very easy to do with raw chicken.

Issues can range from salmonella to listeria, both of which can commonly be carried on raw chicken cutlets. In the case of frozen food, you’re also not safe: Tyson has had to recall their frozen chicken products due to contamination with rubber in the past. When rubberized gaskets in their factories fail, the resulting contamination of the chicken can leave bits of rubber throughout their frozen foods.