VIDEO: Thanksgiving food recall roundup

Thanksgiving favorites subject to recall: Salad, ground beef, chicken, pork on list

As you start to prepare for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, there are a handful of recalls you need to know about that could put a wrench into the menu planning.

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Romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still trying to warn people to avoid any romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California.

The warning comes after the number of people who have been infected by E. coli has increased to 67 people across 19 states, CNN reported.

There have been 39 hospitalizations as of Tuesday, with six people suffering a type of kidney failure attributed to the outbreak, according to the CDC.

The CDC last week warned people not to eat any romaine lettuce harvested in Salinas. 

The ban included "whole heads of romaine, organic romaine, hearts of romaine, romaine in salad wraps, and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes which contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix and Caesar salad," the CDC said this week

Most packages of romaine say where it was harvested, but if it doesn't, the CDC said to throw it away to be safe.

Officials also said if you have a salad or wrap and you don't know what type of lettuce is in it, throw it away. 

Finally, make sure you clean and sanitize wherever you have stored the affected lettuce.

97K pounds of salad

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a recall of about 97,272 pounds of salads that have meat or poultry because the salad could be contaminated by E. coli. 

The salads, packaged by Missa Bay, LLC, were made from Oct. 14 through Oct. 16 and have the establishment number EST 18502B in the mark of inspection, the USDA said.

The salads were distributed in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

If you have the contaminated salads, you're being told to either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

If you have questions, call 1-800-800-7822.

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Ground Beef - plastic contamination

Rastelli Bros., Inc. and the USDA have announced a recall of 130,464 pounds of ground beef because it could be contaminated with plastic. It was sold between Oct. 3 and Oct. 15.

The beef was sold with the establishment number EST. 7877-A in the USDA inspection mark and shipped to distribution centers in Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois and Maryland before being sent to retail stores.

Affected by the recall are:

  • Nature's Rancher 100% grass-fed organic ground beef 85% lean, 15% fat, 16-ounce vacuum-sealed packages with case codes of 9276, 9283, 9287 or 9288 with use or freeze by dates of Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 4, Nov. 7 and Nov. 11.
  • Nature's Rancher 100% grass-fed organic ground beef 93% lean, 7% fat, 16-ounce vacuum-sealed packages with case codes of 9276, 9283, 9287 or 9288 with use or freeze by dates of Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 4, Nov. 7 and Nov. 11.

If you have the affected beef, do not eat it; throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. 

If you have any questions, call Rastelli Bros. at 856-803-1100.

Beef - E. coli contamination

Florida company recalled nearly 65,000 pounds of raw beef for possible E. coli contamination.

According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, Raiford-based Pride of Florida issued a recall for the products, all produced from Sept. 23 to Oct. 10, after a sample tested positive for a "potentially deadly" strain of the bacteria, E. coli 0157:H7.

The recalled products, all marked with establishment No. "EST. 18506," include certain cases of Circle A Brand 85/15 Lean Ground Beef chubs, Circle A Brand 80/20 Ground Beef chubs, Clark's 5 Chopped Beef Steaks, Clark's 5 Chopped Pepper Steaks, Southeast Protein Purveyors 81/19 Ground Beef Patties, Southeast Protein Purveyors 81/19 Ground Beef and Southeast Protein Purveyors 80/20 Ground Beef. Visit the FSIS website for the complete list of affected items, as well as their codes and labels.

Anyone who has the recalled products should discard or return them, officials said.

For more information about the recall, call Pride of Florida at 813-324-8733. 

Chicken recall

Simmons Prepared Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 2,071,397 pounds of poultry products that might be contaminated with metal, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The poultry items were produced by the Gentry, Arkansas, company from Oct. 21, 2019, through Nov. 4, 2019, the FSIS said. A spreadsheet containing a list of the product can be found here.

The recalled products bear establishment numbers “P-1949,” “P- 486” or “P-5837” inside the USDA mark of inspection, according to the FSIS. The contamination was discovered by Simmons employees during further processing.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call Simmons Prepared Foods Inc., at 888-831-7007.

Pork recall

According to CNN, Illinois-based Morris Meat Packing has issued a recall for more than 500,000 pounds of raw pork that inspectors never checked, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a news release Friday.

The company produced the "raw, intact" items, labeled with establishment No. "EST. 18267," beginning Nov. 25, 2017, the release said. They continued to be produced on Saturdays through Nov. 9, 2019, and were "shipped to distributors and retail locations in Illinois," according to the FSIS.

Click here to see a list of the recalled products, which include pork chops, loin, butt, ribs and rib bellies; bacon; ham; and several other items. The labels are available here.

If you have purchased any of the recalled pork, do not eat it, the FSIS said. Instead, customers should dispose of or return the products, according to the release.

For more information, call Morris Meat Packing at 708-865-8566.

Cold smoked salmon

Mill Stream Corp./Sullivan Harbor Farm has announced a recall of cold-smoked salmon. 

The recall is due to the salmon's potential contamination of Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause botulism.

The salmon was sold and shipped frozen by Mill Stream Corp. but retailers may have thawed it for sale.

The cold-smoked salmon was sold between March 6 and Sept. 17 in vacuum-sealed packages in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Utah, Iowa, Tennessee, Minnesota, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin, Washington, Georgia, Illinois, Virginia, Michigan and Texas.

It was sold in the following sizes:

  • Whole salmon side
  • 2 pounds
  • 1 pound (0.45 kg)
  • 8 ounces
  • 4 ounces


The fish has the following lot numbers on the back of the packaging:

  • 7049
  • 7050
  • 7051
  • 7052
  • 7054
  • 7056
  • 7058
  • 7060
  • 7062
  • 7066

If you have salmon from one of the affected lots, you're being told to throw it away even if it doesn't seem spoiled. If you have questions, you can call Mill Stream Corp. at 207-266-0621, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Breakstone cottage cheese

Breakstone is recalling about 9,500 cases of its cottage cheese due to potential foreign materials contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration

Specifically, there could be pieces of plastic or metal in the containers. There have been six complaints from consumers finding the contamination, but no illness or injuries.

Included in the recall:

  • Breakstone 2% milk fat low-fat large curd cottage cheese, 16-ounce, best by Dec. 10, 2019, UPC 0 21000 30053 2
  • Breakstone 4% milk fat large curd cottage cheese, 24-ounce, best by Dec 10, 2019, UPC 0 21000 12285 1
  • Breakstone 4% milk fat small curd cottage cheese, 24-ounce, best by Dec. 10, 2019, UPC 0 21000 12284 4

The company is advising consumers not to eat the affected cottage cheese and return it for a full refund or exchange. If you have questions, call 1-866-572-3805, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. EST.

Cheese Nips

The affected Cheese Nips were recalled after plastic from a dough scraper mixed into the dough. It was noticed when yellow plastic pieces were seen on the manufacturing equipment, the Food and Drug Administration announced.

The only boxes recalled were the 11-ounce variety with UPC 0 44000 03453 5 and have the best by dates of May 18, May 19 or May 20, 2020.

If you have the recalled box, the FDA says throw it away and not eat the crackers. If you have any questions call 844-366-1171. Phones are open 24 hours a day, but consumer relations specialists are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

Hodgson Mill's Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday Hodgson Mill's Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour is being recalled because of the possibility of E. coli contamination, the agency said in a news release.

Hodgson Mill of Effingham, Illiniois, announced the voluntary national recall of specific lots of its 5 pound bags of flour.

Below is the full description of the affected product: 

Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour (5 lb.) UPC 0-71518-05009-2 Best By Date 10-01-2020 and 10-02-2020

The affected lot numbers are:

  • 001042
  • 005517

There have not been any reports of illness related to the flour.

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