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Just got an email, since I use my "shoppers club" card when grocery shopping, that a package of Dole spinach I purchased is part of a mass recall for possible Listeria. Since my husband and I ate said spinach 3 or 4 days ago, I'm guessing it wasn't contaminated or I'd be sick by now. Has anyone had a problem with illness from a grocery item? Do you take a recalled item back to the store or just bin it?

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I'm afraid that I'm going to be the bearer of possible bad news.  From an Ontario Food Handler Training and Certification Course:  the incubation period for Listeriosis is from 3 - 70 days with 3 weeks being the average.  Not good news.  Sorry.


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I agree with what Darienne said unfortunately. That information was recently published across Canada because some of the Dole and related products that 'may be' contaminated were also sold up here. You may to hold your breath a bit longer but since I am sure that not ALL the product was contaminated, you (one hopes) will be fine.

 

However, to answer your second question - about whether one returns or just discards a food product that is recalled, I think that depends on the recall information. What the news indicated in Canada was that the salads/greens in question this time should just be thrown away.

 

My opinion is that when distributors, etc. tell you to just throw away something it is NOT a 'recall' - because you get absolutely no benefit (except possibly not getting sick from a product they should have ensured was safe in the first place!) ... no money back, no replacement .. and they get away with shoddy handling/testing at relatively low cost to them. But, hey, that is just my humble opinion.


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Here are some useful Q & A's from nj.com, entitled "So you ate a bag of Dole salad - Now what?"

 

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A: For the most part, people who have an intact immune system are not going to have a serious infection. The people who are more at risk are people who have HIV, or are getting chemotherapy, or a pregnant, or are considered elderly, or are babies.  

 

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If I were going to cook the spinach in question, I don't think I'd have a problem keeping and eating it, since listeria is killed in the cooking process. But if it were some other green, one better served raw, I'd return or toss it. Which I do would depend on how easy a return is for me to manage.

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On the topic of Food Recalls, Trader Joe's has recalled their Trader Joe's Raw Cashew Pieces.

The recall doesn't extend to California but there's quite of list of states impacted by the recall.

As an FYI...this article (click) has a phone number for Trader Joe's if anyone has questions about the recall.

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I am rather pragmatic regarding returning things. If I have to make a specific trip and I only paid say $1.70USD for the item then chucking it makes more economic sense (gas + wear and tear). If the item was more costly then I would return it. The last thing I remember returning (actully just the label) was a chicken that was unfit for cooking due to some form of mis-handling. It smelled like it was 2 weeks old when I opened the package.

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On 1/27/2016 at 8:57 AM, MelissaH said:

If I were going to cook the spinach in question, I don't think I'd have a problem keeping and eating it, since listeria is killed in the cooking process. But if it were some other green, one better served raw, I'd return or toss it. Which I do would depend on how easy a return is for me to manage.

The spinach was cooked, not eaten raw. So I'm keeping fingers crossed that combined with a healthy immune system, I'm probably OK.

The recall notice came out probably a week+ after it was purchased, my first thought when these are announced for salad greens/raw products is "how many people still have it sitting in the fridge"?

And for the $2. I paid for the bag, I think I would have tossed it.

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"Flour possibly contaminated with E. coli recalled nationwide"

 

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Smucker Foods of Canada announced a recall Wednesday of four flour brands sold across the United States on the possibility of E. coli contamination....

Maya Durum Wheat Atta Flour
Swad Durum Atta Flour Chappati Flour
Golden Temple #1 Fine Durum Atta Flour Blend
Golden Temple Durum Atta Flour Blend

The article lists specific code #'s from the packaging.
There is also a phone number at the end of the article for consumers with questions about the flour recall.

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Well, once again, the day after I eat something I read about a recall. Some frozen yellowfin tuna shipped in from the Pacific may be contaminated with hepatitis A. Nobody has gotten sick, yet. They recommend getting a vaccine shot to be safe if you have eaten raw tuna recently. 

Sorry I am on my iPad and don't have a link to post, if you do a search you will find the info. Shipments to 3 states most likely, I know California was one. Shipments to NY didn't go into distribution. Please check it out if you have eaten raw yellowfin tuna recently. I intend to verify if I got Hep A vaccine when I had my physical last year, since I did get some boosters and such. Peace of mind even though NJ wasn't on the list.

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what states WERE affected?

 

 

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okay, I found this:

 

https://www.fda.gov/food/recallsoutbreaksemergencies/outbreaks/ucm561199.htm#Recalled

 

seems like it's primarily CA focused, and about frozen "cubes" or "steaks"... products that some restaurants might indeed use, and might cook to 'rare', but not likely to be found in sashimi

 

 

another reason I buy fish from my well KNOWN TO ME fish markets, only.

never from supermarkets or 'bulk' stores.

 

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There's a 'TX OK' tab on that page, too.  A week or so ago when I first heard of this there was a Sysco distributor in the Houston area on the list but now all I see are two restaurants in the metro Houston area.  I had an Aji Tuna Burger, seared, at Hopdoddy in Houston last month.  Looks like I don't have anything to worry about for now but I'll have a test next time I visit the doc.

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"Bush's Baked Beans recalled because of defective cans"

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Certain cans of Bush’s Best Baked Beans — Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans — are being recalled because of a potential problem with a seam on the cans...


All the affected products are 28-ounce cans with a best-by date of June 2019.
The affected Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans have a container lot code of 6097S GF or 6097P GF.
The affected Country Style Baked Beans have a container lot code of 6077S RR, 6087S RR, 6077P RR or 6087P RR.
The affected Original Baked Beans have a container lot code of 6057S LC or 6057P LC.

 

For more information, contact Bush Brothers and Co.’s consumer relations line at (800) 590-3797 between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. The recall announcement can be seen at bushbeans.com.

 

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"Trader Joe's issues recall for 3,400 pounds of breakfast sausage"

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Trader Joe’s has issued a recall for more than 3,400 pounds of chicken breakfast sausage that is sold in 13 states over an undeclared soy ingredient. The product was produced and packaged Aug. 10-24, and contains soy lecithin, which is not included on the label.

 

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"Safeway, Trader Joe's among brands listed in massive vegetable recall"

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Vegetable items from Walmart, Safeway/Albertson's, Target and Trader Joe's are now included in the exhaustive recall notice from Mann Packing in Salinas. More than 20 brands have been pulled in the United States and Canada after a sampling of one of the wholesaler's products tested positive for listeria.

This recall is for the US and for Canada.

Stores/Brands impacted:

Walmart - Trader Joe's - Aldi - Safeway & Albertson's - H-E-B stores - Archer Farms (Target) - Cross Valley Farms - Sysco

 

Here (click) is the link to the FDA web site regarding the recall and the specific products impacted.

 

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16 hours ago, Toliver said:

"Safeway, Trader Joe's among brands listed in massive vegetable recall"

This recall is for the US and for Canada.

Stores/Brands impacted:

Walmart - Trader Joe's - Aldi - Safeway & Albertson's - H-E-B stores - Archer Farms (Target) - Cross Valley Farms - Sysco

 

Here (click) is the link to the FDA web site regarding the recall and the specific products impacted.

 

 

Whew! I saw this today as well, Toliver, and went to the FDA link to see if my bag of spinach under the Harris Teeter Farmers Market brand was affected. I saw nothing about Harris Teeter or spinach on an eyeball and then a search for Harris Teeter, HT, and spinach. So I'm OK. But if you live in Canada or the US, you really might want to check this out. It is a very long list. Broccoli slaw would be my first worry, but far from the only one.

 

We had a teen die of lysteria at Camp Seafarer for girls when I worked for the Capital Area YMCA in an administrative capacity,  now called the YMCA of the Triangle. She must have had a compromised immune system because absolutely no one else out of over 3,000 people even got sick. But lysteria is no joke. It kills people. I sure would have hated to be out on the PR front that fell to one our VP's.

 

If you are interested, and want to see the huge risks we managed at these incredible camps, click this link and scroll down to "Camp Video" on vimeo. Not only food service for thousands, but power boating and sailing for kids at the helm, kids horseback riding, kids going on zip lines, kids shooting guns and an archery range! It is mostly a rich kids camp, but we did sponsor some underprivileged kids in on scholarships. It must have been a complete whack of an experience compared to what they were used to. They do a lot of good, and for the riskiness of what they do, and the thrill for kids, almost non-existent harm.

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"Greek-style dip recall now includes two Trader Joe's products (photos, product numbers)"

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Two Mediterranean dips from Trader Joe's - Tahini Sauce and Cilantro and Chive Yogurt Dip - have been added to the widespread recall of Yorgo's products manufactured in New Hampshire.

There's a list of the non-Trader Joe's items impacted by the recall at the bottom of the article.

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