Food recalls have become more and more common lately as a result of food safety precaution increases occurring in the United States. Warm summer weather also provides the perfect environment for bacteria growth, which often times leads to food spoilage and contamination. In the last 30 days, four popular food items were recalled:
Tuna used by the popular AFC sushi company is being recalled due to potential salmonella infection in yellowfin tuna used in these packages. AFC sushi is sold at many popular stores throughout Georgia, including Kroger, Walmart, Publix, and even on some college campuses. Osamu Corporation recalled this yellowfin tuna after two salmonella illnesses reported in Minnesota. If you recently purchased sushi distributed by AFC, contact the store where you purchased it. They should be able to tell you whether the product you bought was removed from shelves. If so, it is unsafe to consume.
Another salmonella scare occurred when a sample of Kroger’s popular garlic powder tested positive last month. Kroger has since recalled every spice processed by the equipment used to package the garlic powder, which includes Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper, and Kroger Bac’n Buds. Krogers is offering safe replacements or full refunds on recalled spices. There have not yet been any reported illnesses as a result of the salmonella contamination, but those who have consumed these products should stay alert for signs of foodborne illnesses. These may include fever, diarrhea, and cramps from 12-72 hours after being infected.
Kraft American Cheese Slices
Kraft recalled 36,000 cases of individually wrapped sliced American cheese earlier this month. The Kraft Singles American and White American cheeses are said to pose a choking hazard because of faulty wrappers. These wrappers have a thin strip that sometimes remains on the slices of cheese after the rest is removed, according to 10 complaints. Affected packages will have “Best By” dates of 12/29/2015 – 1/4/16 and manufacturing codes S54 or S55.
Kraft Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon
Kraft Heinz Food Company is also recalling approximately 2 million pounds of Oscar Mayer turkey bacon. The affected meats may spoil before the expiration dates printed on their packaging. While the overall health risk is said to be low, the company felt the need to recall the products to prevent health hazards.